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Friday, January 15
 

7:00am

Yoga
Every morning you can start your day off with Yoga from 7-8am before breakfast. It is a chance to get centered, get some energy flowing and start each day off right. Please bring your own mat.

Friday January 15, 2016 7:00am - 7:45am
Sheraton Hotel, Beckett (Basement)

8:00am

8:45am

Opening: Connect
Moderators
avatar for Matthieu Bister

Matthieu Bister

Animation & traduction | Facilitation & Translation, Freelance
Matthieu catalyse des innovations pour les individus, les organisations et les systèmes. Il a soutenu pendant quelques années les sections d’Ingénieurs sans frontières Canada dans leurs activités et dans leurs stratégies d’action. Il a également démarré en 2014 le programme... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Flanagan

Sarah Flanagan

creative connector, le playground canada
Greetings! I'm a long-time EWBer, having worked at the National Office for 6 years (2008-2014). In my role as Office Manager, I had a brid's-eye-view of the organization, touching on everything from operations, overseas work, chapter development, fundraising, etc. One of my areas... Read More →
avatar for Jermaine Henry

Jermaine Henry

Spoke N Heard
Jermaine is a Social ARTrepreneur who uses drama, emceeing, facilitation and spoken word to co-create meaningful moments rooted in compassion and hope. Working alongside a handful of talented guides from across sectors, he will bring xChange delegates through the narrative of the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Amelia Terrapin

Amelia Terrapin

Founder, Mobius
Amelia is an experienced dancer, systems thinker, and educator based in Asheville, North Carolina. Reluctant to choose between art and science, her work unites the two. During her journey as a professional dancer and educator, she developed an approach that teaches STEM concepts... Read More →
avatar for Kai Zhuang

Kai Zhuang

Process Designer and Facilitator, Mobius
Kai is an interdisciplinary engineer with a PhD in chemical engineering as well as a diverse technical background in systems modeling, environmental engineering, bioengineering, evolutionary ecology, and software development. He is also a leadership coach, energy healer, and... Read More →


9:30am

Keynote: Frederique Kua-Toko and Veronica Snooks
Speakers
avatar for Frederique Kua-Toko

Frederique Kua-Toko

Frédérique Kua-Toko is well known for his enthusiastic efforts in humanitarian work with the mental health and homeless survivors of the Civil Wars in Africa. Born and raised in La République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), he too is a survivor of the civil wars in Africa and a mental... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Hamilton Convention Centre, Wentworth/Main Ballroom (Main Floor)

10:45am

11:00am

Foundation Session

The foundations sessions will ground us in an experience of creative engagement and interactive processing.  

The goals of the workshop are:

- to help you understand the difference between  complex vs complicated challenges and how to engage with them

- equip you with the skills and self awareness needed to take action when dealing with complex systems, where relationships are affected by multiple dimensions of power dynamics, lived experiences and history.    

Participants will understand how to apply this information in order to build a more equitable and collaborative world.

The session will close with a series of action-directed questions that can be answered throughout your time at the conference.

Speakers
avatar for Meghan Gilmore

Meghan Gilmore

Organization Unbound
Meghan Gilmore is returning to Montreal this year after completing a residency in organizational development for social innovation with Organization Unbound in Cape Town, South Africa. After working with many vibrant and innovative organizations like EWB (both in Canada and Malawi... Read More →
avatar for Catherine Leblanc

Catherine Leblanc

Co-chair National Conference 2015, Engineers Without Borders
avatar for Rebecca Wolff

Rebecca Wolff

Cohort III Fellow, Studio Y, MaRS


Friday January 15, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
TBA

12:30pm

12:50pm

Keynote: Karina Gould, M.P.
Speakers
avatar for Karina Gould, M.P.

Karina Gould, M.P.

Karina Gould is the Member of Parliament for Burlington and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development. Prior to her election on October 19th, 2015 Karina worked as a trade and investment specialist. She is a community activist with deep roots in her... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 12:50pm - 1:20pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Wentworth/Main Ballroom (Main Floor)

2:00pm

CSR, Shared Value and the Role of Business in Development

Join us to explore the complex role of business in development. This panel brings together community and business leaders to understand the benefits and challenges that private sector activity brings to the economies and communities that host it. We will examine the conditions necessary for business to help development, and also understand what the terms "corporate social responsibility" and "shared value" really mean.


Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Klutsey

Jonathan Klutsey

Programs Officer, Oilwatch Ghana
Jonathan graduated university with a degree in Information Technology and has since received an Advanced Diploma in Computer Management Systems. He has attended many training seminars on human rights in the extractive sector, environmental sustainability and climate change, and youth... Read More →
avatar for Meaghan Langille

Meaghan Langille

Shared Value Solutions
Meaghan Langille is a consultant with Shared Value Solutions focusing on social research, communications, and environmental regulatory processes. She has background experience in community engagement, climate action planning, communications, policy research, facilitation, and environmental... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Wabegijig

Joseph Wabegijig

Deployment Analyst, Hatch Ltd.
Joseph Wabegijig (Anishnaabek – Wikwemikong Unceded Territory) is a Deployment Analyst for Hatch Ltd. and specializes in delivering energy, mining and infrastructure sector projects globally.  Additionally Joseph advises on maximizing opportunities for Indigenous peoples, communities... Read More →
avatar for Kernaghan Webb

Kernaghan Webb

Ryerson Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility
Dr. Kernaghan Webb is an Associate Professor of Law and Business in the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, and is the Director of the Ryerson Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility. He is the co-chair of the Centre for CSR Excellence for the... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Albion A (Second Floor)

2:00pm

2:00pm

Introduction to Social Finance & Impact Investing
Note please email shivanichotalia@ewb.ca if you would like access to the session powerpoint!

Impact investing (or social finance) is investing to solve social or environmental challenges while generating financial returns.  How does it differ from, and complement, traditional investing and philanthropy? What are the different types of impact investing? How do we know this field is achieving impactful results, and gaining traction among ecosystem leaders? What are the challenges seen, and what’s on the horizon to open up investing opportunities for retail investors? What are the trends in North American and the Global South? What resources can I find to learn more? Join this session, structured as a casual discussion, to learn about this emerging landscape and how you can engage with it.

Speakers
avatar for Marie Ang

Marie Ang

Associate, Venture Services, MaRS Centre for Impact Investing
Marie is an associate at the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing where she primarily supports their Venture Services activities. She co-leads Impact8, is the lead for the development of the ImpactLink Mentorship program and supports the SVX. Marie has a background supporting entrepreneurs... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Sheraton Hotel, Beckett (Basement)

2:00pm

Le jeu du marché

Cet atelier interactif permettra aux participants de comprendre les inégalités créées par l’économie de marché. Les participants seront invités à recréer un environnement de marché par l’intermédiaire d’un jeu de rôle qui permettra d’exposer les défis et les opportunités de l’économie de marché tout en initiant une réflexion sur le rôle que nous pouvons y jouer.

This interactive workshop will allow participants to understand the inequalities created by the market system. Participants will role play market players and gain a nuanced understanding of the opportunities and challenges of the market system.

This billingual workshop is catered to both French and English speakers. 


Speakers
avatar for Martin Berube

Martin Berube

Involved with EWB for the last 10 years, Martin is an engineer specialised in management systems and has developped his knowledge of sustainable development. After 7 years working for Roche Ltee a consulting company, he now works for COREM the largest organization in Canada totally... Read More →
avatar for Nicholas Clermont

Nicholas Clermont

Depuis 2008, Nicholas Clermont se consacre à ce qui l’anime et le stimule le plus : le mentorat inspirant, le développement de potentiel humain et la création de milieux propices à l’entrepreneuriat écoresponsable. Il a dirigé différents projets visant à stimuler l’innovation... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Room 207

2:00pm

Evolving Engineering
What is the current state of the engineering profession in Canada? What is the contribution of the profession to society today, and what could it be in the future? How can we create a more cohesive profession that is intentionally evolving to maximize it's contribution to society? In this session you will have an opportunity to hear the thinking coming out of the Engineering Change Lab on these questions and more, and to contribute to the continued exploration.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Abbott

Mark Abbott

Engineering Change Lab Animator, EWB National Office
Mark Abbott, P.Eng., MBA, currently serves as portfolio manager of EWB’s Engineering Leadership work and the “Animator” of the Engineering Change Lab, which is a platform for collaboration to allow individuals and organizations from across the profession to take action to address... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Hamilton Convention Center, Webster A (Third Floor)

2:00pm

Re-Engineering Progress: Bridging Technological and Social Innovation for Societal Impact
Innovation is at the heart of engineering. Innovation is also at the heart of creating a better world - it is the first driver of positive societal change. Today, never has it been truer that innovations that have real and significant impact are at the intersection of technology, social systems and societal need. Launching off of some of 2015's most exciting innovations, this session invites you to explore the role of engineering at this intersection. Can it bridge technological and social innovation to create the better world of tomorrow?

Speakers
avatar for Dana Giacobbi

Dana Giacobbi

Business Change Catalyst
Dana is a passionate change leader on a constant quest to enable business to drive human development in a sustainable and globally just world. In 2010-2011, after completing his Master's in Mechanical Engineering, he spent one year in Burkina Faso with EWB Canada, enabling entrepreneurship... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Webster B (Third Floor)

2:00pm

Supporting Engineers To Navigate Real World Challenges
Currently there is little direct support for practicing engineers from the profession, including in supporting individuals to navigate "grey zone" real world issues, or to make the case for Triple Bottom Line solutions/ thinking within their orgs. This realization led a group within the Engineering Change Lab to come up with the idea to pilot an anonymous Practice Support call-line for engineers. Delegates who attend this session will have the opportunity to help develop the pilot of this Lab initiative, while also gaining some experiene in navigating grey-zone challenges yourselves through real-life based case studies. Finally, attendees will also get a chance to practice their coaching skills through a live simulation of the call-in service.

Speakers
avatar for Pamela Rogalski

Pamela Rogalski

CEO, Engineering Leadership Council
Pamela co-founded and is the CEO of the Engineering Leadership Council. The ELC is a Community of Practice of professionals leveraging the business case for cutting edge socially responsible design. It is a nationally registered not-for-profit organization with Communities of Practice... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Webster C (Third Floor)

2:00pm

Take Action: Lessons and Strategies on Embracing Youth Community Engagement

What do you get when you combine a Loran Scholar, one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20, and a self-published student author? A powerful workshop on student activism, presented by Overcome the Gap, McMaster! Come join an interactive and informative panel discussion on how to engage in the community through a multitude of avenues. Whether it be science and technology, volunteerism, entrepreneurship, or political activism and social justice, the speakers at this session are sure to cater to your needs as a budding active citizen. The panellists will tackle three key areas of discussion:

  1. Motivation & Self-exploration: finding the right opportunities for you
  2. Hurdles & Setbacks: The obstacles you may face along the way
  3. Taking action: how to get involved and make a difference.

 



Friday January 15, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Albion C (Second Floor)

2:00pm

Who’s Responsible for the Public Good?
A discussion exploring models for the delivery of infrastructure intensive public services, such as water, hydro and energy services, in the context of shifting resource allocation, climate change, changing societal needs and technological advancements. The panel will discuss the role of citizens, the private sector and government in providing vital services that require significant investments in infrastructure. 

Moderators
avatar for Aaron Barter

Aaron Barter

Senior Associate, Commnunity Energy Program, MaRS Advanced Energy Centre
Aaron manages the Community Energy Program at the MaRS Advanced Energy Centre, which aims to remove systemic barriers to deployment of innovative energy technologies in Canadian communities. The mission of the Advanced Energy Centre is to foster adoption of innovative energy technologies... Read More →

Speakers
GK

Geordi Kakepatum

Executive Director, Keewaytinook Okimakanak Northern Chiefs Council
Geordi Kakepetum is a Keewaywin First Nation band member who has been using information and communications technologies (ICTs) for seven years. As the KO’s Executive Director, he acts as a liaison between Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO) and the KO communities to provide advice in education... Read More →
avatar for Carmine Marcello

Carmine Marcello

Hydro One
Mr. Carmine Marcello, also known as Carm, has been Special Advisor to the Chairman and President & Chief Executive Officer at Hydro One Inc. since September 3, 2015. Mr. Marcello has served as Chief Executive Officer, President, and Interim Chief Operating Officer at Hydro One.
avatar for Phideria Moyo

Phideria Moyo

EWB Kumvana Fellow, Regional Irrigation and Water Development Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development
Phideria has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, a Masters of Science in Water Resources Management, and has completed many international training programs that focus on water management and climate change. She has over 11 years of experience in her field and has worked with... Read More →
avatar for Emily Partington

Emily Partington

Emily B. Partington is a Project Director of Sustainability & Energy at WSP specializing in corporate sustainability. In her role, Emily is responsible for project execution and team oversight, contributing to business development and thought leadership. Emily has advisory experience... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Sheraton Hotel, Ballroom Centre (Second Floor)

2:00pm

Addressing Barriers to Sustainability and Well-Being in Aboriginal Communities
Aboriginal communities across Canada face many barriers to achieving sustainability and community well-being. Many of these issues are complex and deep rooted in the community, but there is a willingness to overcome these barriers and work towards building healthy and sustainable communities. This workshop will give participants a background on the complex issues that Aboriginal communities are facing, but more importantly, give people an understanding of the approach and methodology needed to engage communities throughout Canada. Case studies of current projects from across Canada will be presented to give examples of how participatory methods can enable positive change in these communities.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Cave

Kate Cave

Project Manager, Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources
Kate has over ten years’ experience working in the environmental field and with Aboriginal communities across Canada and rural, remote communities in developing countries. Her knowledge and expertise are in the areas of Aboriginal land claims and treaty rights, environment and development... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Spring

Andrew Spring

PhD Student, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, Wilfrid Laurier University
Andrew Spring has a diverse background in sustainability and the environment.  Trained as an environmental engineer, his expertise is creating innovative programs to engage communities in sustainable planning or environmental conservation. Andrew has developed award-winning programs... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, 202

2:00pm

Gender Barriers in Agriculture and Social Development
What are the gender barriers associated with Agriculture and Development work? Join Mulenga Bwalya and Esther Ekua Amato in an informal panel about the gender issues and challenges faced in development work, it's impact, and potential paths to break these barriers.

Moderators
avatar for Erin Aylward

Erin Aylward

former Gender Advisor, EWB Canada
Erin Aylward is an international development practitioner & researcher who specializes in gender and sexuality. Drawing on her experiences in working with and learning from women's rights organizations in Nicaragua and Panama, she created, funded, and filled the position of “Gender... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Esther Ekua Amoako

Esther Ekua Amoako

EWB Kumvana Fellow, Faculty Member, University for Development Studies
Esther has a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Technology, a Masters of Science in Environmental Resource Management, and has completed numerous training programs focusing on women’s leadership, sustainable development, and gender in development. With over ten years of project... Read More →
avatar for Mulenga Bwalya

Mulenga Bwalya

EWB Kumvana Fellow, Associate, AgDevCo
Mulenga has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance, a Masters degree in Development and Globalization, a certificate in Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation, and professional qualification as an Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Associate.  She is a devoted... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Albion B (Second Floor)

2:00pm

Introduction to Anti-Oppression
Explore concepts in anti-oppression, diversity, power and privilege and how they apply to your work, your commitment to change, and your life. This introductory session will provide key concepts, guiding principles, and practical applications to anti-oppression and social justice – and link them to your involvement with EWB and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Nadia Bello

Nadia Bello

Education and Communications Advisor, Centre for Human Rights, York University
Nadia Bello is a training and development professional, and a lifelong learner and educator.  She has extensive consulting and facilitation experience with public, private and non-profit organizations on issues of equity and diversity from a human resources and organizational development... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Sheraton Hotel, McNab Room (Second Floor)

3:30pm

4:00pm

Allyship
In social justice work, an ally is broadly defined as a person of one social identity group who stands up in support of members of another group -- typically a member of a dominant group standing alongside members of a group facing discrimination and injustice. Do you identify as an ally? For whom and for what? Why and how?

This session will explore what it means to be an ally and how to appropriately support people or issues that you may not share a common identity or experience with. We will discuss experiences of allyship, including being challenged and how to respond, and reflect on how to do ally work in ways that speak to and with, but not for, people facing discrimination, harassment or injustice.

Speakers
avatar for Nadia Bello

Nadia Bello

Education and Communications Advisor, Centre for Human Rights, York University
Nadia Bello is a training and development professional, and a lifelong learner and educator.  She has extensive consulting and facilitation experience with public, private and non-profit organizations on issues of equity and diversity from a human resources and organizational development... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Sheraton Hotel, McNab Room (Second Floor)

4:00pm

Women's Caucus

This session provides a venue for all conference participants who identify as women (understanding that gender is not binary) to discuss gender-related issues and how they intersect with individuals' experiences within the areas of programming connected to Engineers Without Borders. The intention of this session is to identify underlying issues, create support, and scope out possibilities for further action and reflection.


Speakers
avatar for Erin Aylward

Erin Aylward

former Gender Advisor, EWB Canada
Erin Aylward is an international development practitioner & researcher who specializes in gender and sexuality. Drawing on her experiences in working with and learning from women's rights organizations in Nicaragua and Panama, she created, funded, and filled the position of “Gender... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Albion C (Second Floor)

4:00pm

Growth and Inequality: When is Development Good for People in Poverty?

When and where does growth and development benefit people who are in poverty?  We will explore examples from across the globe where economic growth has led to poverty reduction.  We will compare these cases with examples from across the globe where economic development has had no or negative impact on people in poverty.  We will draw out lessons and explore how we can take action in our communities and organizations.


Speakers
RD

Robin Djokoto

Robin is a long time EWBer that used to be on the EWB MInistry of Food and Agriculture team and now is a teacher in Ghana.
avatar for Suzanne Fish

Suzanne Fish

Suzanne is absolutely devoted to a life long journey of bringing together a diversity of people to disrupt systems of oppression and re-create a new kind of community. She began her journey of social change as a development worker, studying African Political Economies at the University... Read More →
RS

Rachel Small

Rachel Small is a community builder, youth-worker, artist, wordsmith, & facilitator. She spends much of her time working within environmental justice movements, and, more specifically, has been working in solidarity with communities impacted by Canadian mining projects in Latin America... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Sheraton Hotel, Beckett (Basement)

4:00pm

Cross-Sector Collaboration & Leadership: Sectors, Issues, and People
Limited Capacity seats available

***Registration for this session will close at 4pm EST on January 12th.***

Understand the differences between sectors (government, for-profit, non-profit) and the roles that they play with regards to economic growth. Explore the biases (positive and negative) of each and creative ways they can collaborate to capture the upsides of each and deliver social impact. How do we promote increased collaboration between the segments, and what is the role of leadership and personal development? Participants will engage with these questions in the context of their own personal development.

Prior to the session participants will complete a 15-minute assessment and will receive a 30 page personalized report on their cross-sector potential. Note that session spots are limited and participants must register in advance through sched. 

Speakers
avatar for Jaxson Khan

Jaxson Khan

Prospect Madison
Jaxson Khan is Director of Business Development at Prospect Madison, a technology company that enables individuals to pursue broad and socially impactful careers with clients including Stanford University, Community Foundations of Canada, and General Electric. He is also co-founder... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, 202

4:00pm

The Promise of Small Scale Enterprise
What role does small-scale enterprise play in generating economic opportunity? How big is that opportunity relative to the opportunity that large corporations provide? Join us for an exciting workshop to explore these questions.

Speakers
avatar for Fatima Kamenge

Fatima Kamenge

Executive Director, Mazava
Fatima Kamenge is the Executive Director of Mazava, striving to create a vast, efficient knowledge network for healthcare professionals servicing remote areas. Additionally, Ms. Kamenge is also the Community Manager of Solar Ship Inc., a company that develops hybrid aircraft that... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Room 314

4:00pm

Engineering Leadership: Constructing a Scalable Leadership Model Unique to Engineers
In this session we will share the highlights of 4+ years of research within the engineering profession on how engineers lead in distinct ways. We will show how this research has been translated into engaging curriculum at U of T, and provide a wider vision of how engineering leadership can take off across Canada at every engineering school. You will also get a chance to experience one of our team based leadership workshops, and through the process gain some deeper insight into your own vision and values as a leader. (Hint: our definition of ‘leader’ might be different from yours, and that is half of the fun).

Speakers
avatar for Jordan Daniow

Jordan Daniow

Leadership Education Specialist, iLead
Jordan has a passion for leadership development grounded in significant experience within a wide range of sectors and organisations. A graduate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ottawa in 2009, Jordan has since worked as an Engineer and Engineering Sales Manager in... Read More →
avatar for Mike Klassen

Mike Klassen

PhD Candidate, University of Toronto
Mike is a PhD student in Higher Education at the University of Toronto. He studies the political, organization and institutional dynamics of professional accreditation in comparative context. His MA thesis focused on how interest groups shape changes to engineering accreditation policy... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Webster C (Third Floor)

4:00pm

Evolving Engineering
What is the current state of the engineering profession in Canada? What is the contribution of the profession to society today, and what could it be in the future? How can we create a more cohesive profession that is intentionally evolving to maximize its contribution to society? In this session you will have an opportunity to explore the thinking coming out of the Engineering Change Lab on these questions and more, and to contribute to the continued exploration.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Abbott

Mark Abbott

Engineering Change Lab Animator, EWB National Office
Mark Abbott, P.Eng., MBA, currently serves as portfolio manager of EWB’s Engineering Leadership work and the “Animator” of the Engineering Change Lab, which is a platform for collaboration to allow individuals and organizations from across the profession to take action to address... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Hamilton Convention Center, Webster A (Third Floor)

4:00pm

Shifting Perceptions of Engineering With Storytelling
 In this session, you will practice actionable techniques for finding and also telling stories about the engineering profession. These stories will have the power to engage people in the work, while also broadening the mental models of how engineering benefits our world

Speakers
avatar for Delyse Sylvester

Delyse Sylvester

Director of Strategic Communications, The Natural Step Canada
Delyse Sylvester is a Storyteller and Communications Strategist.She has three decades of social innovation expertise, connecting thousands of organizations with corporate leaders, thought leaders, and new media partners.As Senior Change Leader at Ashoka, Delyse designed and led over... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Webster B (Third Floor)

4:00pm

Conscientious Storytelling in International Development Work
This session will look at how NGOs that work internationally can be respectful and resonant with their approach and storytelling. Delegates will explore some of the cliches and dated approaches, and how many are related to colonial histories. They will also learn about alternatives. You can expect to leave with both some theory and some practical skills.

Speakers
avatar for Niduk Vijayasigha

Niduk Vijayasigha

Niduk has been consulting, working and advocating with government bodies, universities, international NGOs, and mid-to-small charities across North America, Europe and East Africa since 2000.  She is experienced in engaging and negotiating with both the public and private sector... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Albion A (Second Floor)

4:00pm

Inside the House of Commons: A Conversation with Canadian MPs
Have you ever wondered how (or if) the perspectives of citizens actually influence what the Canadian government does? What drives someone to be a Member of Parliament? What are the most motivating and most frustrating parts of the job? This is your chance to find out. Join us for a unique, informal discussion with sitting Members of Canada's Parliament where you can ask them to weigh in on these questions and more.

Moderators
avatar for Alexandra Conliffe

Alexandra Conliffe

VP Operations, EWB
Alexandra Conliffe is EWB's VP Operations. Previously, Alex was a Senior Policy Analyst at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and Canada's agriculture negotiator at the United Nations climate change negotiations. She worked interdepartmentally on issues related to global food security... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dean Allison

Dean Allison

MP, Conservative Party of Canada
Mr. Allison was first elected in 2004 and was just re-elected for the new riding of Niagara West. He has been a long-time EWB Champion, the current Deputy Critic for International Development and is the former Chair of the House of Commons Liaison Committee and the Standing Committee... Read More →
avatar for David Christopherson

David Christopherson

MP, New Democratic Party of Canada
Mr. Christopherson was also first elected in 2004 and was again re-elected in Hamilton Centre - Hamiltonians have elected him consecutively for the past 30 years, beginning first as a city councillor. He is the Deputy Leader of the NDP and former Cabinet Minister in the Ontario Provincial... Read More →
avatar for Filomena Tassi

Filomena Tassi

MP, Liberal Party of Canada
Ms. Tassi was just elected for the first time to the House of Commons and brings to the panel a fresh perspective on serving as a new Member of Parliament for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas. She  has been a corporate lawyer and previously served as a Chaplain at Bishop Tonnos Secondary... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Sheraton Hotel, Ballroom Centre (Second Floor)

4:00pm

Challenges of Newcomers in a Canadian context
This workshop will provide participants with an overview of some of the challenges newcomers face in the Canadian context. Through an interactive discussion participants will be able to explore current immigration policies, challenges regarding language barriers and access to employment, settlement and integration issues and overall issues of poverty, marginalization and discrimination.

Speakers
avatar for Lily Lumsden

Lily Lumsden

Senior Regional Manager, Employment and Immigrant Services, YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford
As the Senior Regional Manager of the Employment & Immigrant Services department for the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford, Lily has created, developed and implement programs for new immigrants over the past 7 years. Through these programs in both Hamilton and Brantford, the YMCA... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Room 207

4:00pm

That's So Sick! Health & Poverty Through a Water Management Lens
Why is poor health a predictor and consequence of poverty? How does water stress impact economic development and gender inequalities? What can a young person do to address the health inequities that profoundly affect millions?  Get ready for a round-the-world trip as we begin our journey in rural Tanzania and navigate troubled waters back to Canada.

Comment est-ce que santé et pauvreté sont associées? Nous allons explorer l'importance de la gestion et qualité de l'eau sur le développement économique et l'égalité entre hommes et femmes. Finalement, on discutera de l'impact que les étudiants et jeunes professionnels peuvent avoir dans ce domaine.

This session will be offered in French and in English
 

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Sauvé

Catherine Sauvé

Catherine is a recent graduate of the University of Alberta. While completing her Bachelor of Science (Neuroscience), she spent a summer working on water access and quality projects in the Kibaha district of Tanzania. Her interest in health and human rights has also led her to run... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Albion B (Second Floor)

5:30pm

Closing: Connect
Moderators
avatar for Matthieu Bister

Matthieu Bister

Animation & traduction | Facilitation & Translation, Freelance
Matthieu catalyse des innovations pour les individus, les organisations et les systèmes. Il a soutenu pendant quelques années les sections d’Ingénieurs sans frontières Canada dans leurs activités et dans leurs stratégies d’action. Il a également démarré en 2014 le programme... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Flanagan

Sarah Flanagan

creative connector, le playground canada
Greetings! I'm a long-time EWBer, having worked at the National Office for 6 years (2008-2014). In my role as Office Manager, I had a brid's-eye-view of the organization, touching on everything from operations, overseas work, chapter development, fundraising, etc. One of my areas... Read More →
avatar for Jermaine Henry

Jermaine Henry

Spoke N Heard
Jermaine is a Social ARTrepreneur who uses drama, emceeing, facilitation and spoken word to co-create meaningful moments rooted in compassion and hope. Working alongside a handful of talented guides from across sectors, he will bring xChange delegates through the narrative of the... Read More →

7:00pm

Art Workshop Dinner
Limited Capacity filling up

A number of impressive artists have donated works connected to the themes of inequality, colonialism, leadership and justice to be put on display for xChange 2016. Join some of them during the Friday night Speaker Dinner to learn about the stories behind their works. Three artists will do a short talk on their work, and then finish their food with you and answer questions informally. Afterwards, you are invited to stay and explore your own creative side with some painting and woven basket making (made from recycled newspaper).

Presenters

  • i.diva
  • Kunle
  • Lidia Labate
  • Sashoya Simpson
  • Marsha and Melissa
  • Anique Jordan

    Price: $15/person (cash at the door)

Artists
avatar for Anique Jordan

Anique Jordan

ANIQUE J. JORDAN employs photography, performance, poetry and installation to draw attention to the black body as a sight of futuristic imagining. Her current auto-biographical work looks at family history, survival of black women and the use of cultural production in gravely intimate... Read More →
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i.diva

I am a woman, mother, artist, dreamer, painter, listener, a hopeful and devoted lover of stories and storytelling. I am an immigrant, twice a settler, living in Canada born in Israel on Palestinian land. Birthed to parents who themselves are twice immigrants and children of Holocaust... Read More →
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Kunle

Kunle is an acoustic guitarist and singer/songwriter. His folk and soul music bridges contemporary styles with roots in West African rhythms and stories. Nigerian born and currently based in Toronto, Kunle brings together his rich vocals, unique guitar tapping, harmonica and talking... Read More →
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Lidia Labate

Lidia uses her crafting experience to reuse rather than recycle paper. Flyers and used printer paper are reused to make woven baskets out of rolled paper. Lidia was inspired by viewing paper baskets available in some retail stores. She watched YouTube videos to learn the basics and... Read More →
avatar for Marsha Louise McLeod

Marsha Louise McLeod

Studio [Y] Fellow, MaRS Discovery District
Marsha McLeod (b. 1993, Toronto) is a multimedia artist, writer, and anti-violence activist utilizing a dialogue-based practice to study disconnects between Canadian national myths of peace/inclusion and the violences that are perpetuated on this land. Marsha graduated from the... Read More →
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Melisse Watson

Artist & Founder, the RAWHIDE project
Melisse Watson, artist name; we are knot rivals, is a poly racial, Black and Cherokee identified queer artist driven by the capacity for art to provoke and contribute to social justice, community building and healing within systematically oppressed populations. Melisse is a multi... Read More →
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Sashoya Simpson

ShOYA Simpson is a tree with deep roots infused with an ageless mind to grow. She's a storyteller, folklorist, actor, writer and all-around theatre practitioner. Using folklore, she seeks to revive the past we once learned from as well children. She's currently the Associate Artistic... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Room 314

7:00pm

Engineering & Society - Networking Dinner
Limited Capacity filling up

Join Speakers, Presenters, and Participants of the Engineering & Society Stream as well as the Engineering Change Lab for a networking dinner.
  • Price: $ / $$$$

Friday January 15, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
La Piazza Allegra 180 James St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 4V1

7:00pm

Speaker Dinner with Arsim Aliu and Lilly Lumsden
Limited Capacity filling up

A chance to sit down with speakers in a more intimate setting. Delegates can sign up to attend dinner with a speaker of their choice. Between 10-15 Delegates and 1 speaker will attend each dinner.

  • Speaker - Arsim Aliu and Lily Lumsden
  • Price: $$-$$$ / $$$$
  • Vegetarian Options: Yes
  • Wheelchair Accessible: No
  • Menu: http://orahess.com/

As there is limited space at each dinner, please only sign up if you fully intend on attending. Please meet at the restaurant and mention that yo uare there for a reservation under Laveza.


Speakers
avatar for Lily Lumsden

Lily Lumsden

Senior Regional Manager, Employment and Immigrant Services, YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford
As the Senior Regional Manager of the Employment & Immigrant Services department for the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford, Lily has created, developed and implement programs for new immigrants over the past 7 years. Through these programs in both Hamilton and Brantford, the YMCA... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
ORA: Italian Kitchen + Bar 18 Hess Street South, Hamilton

7:00pm

Speaker Dinner with Frederique Kua-Toko
Limited Capacity full

A chance to sit down with speakers in a more intimate setting. Delegates can sign up to attend dinner with a speaker of their choice. Between 10-15 Delegates and 1 speaker will attend each dinner.

As there is limited space at each dinner, please only sign up is you fully intend on attending. Please meet at the restaurant and mention that you are there for a reservation under Laveza.


Speakers
avatar for Frederique Kua-Toko

Frederique Kua-Toko

Frédérique Kua-Toko is well known for his enthusiastic efforts in humanitarian work with the mental health and homeless survivors of the Civil Wars in Africa. Born and raised in La République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), he too is a survivor of the civil wars in Africa and a mental... Read More →


7:00pm

Speaker Dinner with Graham Benton
Limited Capacity filling up

A chance to sit down with speakers in a more intimate setting. Delegates can sign up to attend dinner with a speaker of their choice. Between 10-15 Delegates and 1 speaker will attend each dinner.

As space at the restaurants is limited, please only sign up if you fully intend on attending. Please meet at the restaurant and mention that you are there for a reservation under Laveza.


Speakers
avatar for Graham Benton

Graham Benton

LishaBora
Graham Benton, Founder and Managing Director of LishaBora Hydroponics, spent the last four years working hand-in-hand with smallholder farmers in rural Kenya after arriving for the first time in October 2011. During this time he developed a strong understanding of the dairy market... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Earth to Table: Bread Bar 258 Locke St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 4B9

7:00pm

Speaker Dinner with Jermaine Henry, Sarah Flanegan, Matthieu Bister
Limited Capacity filling up

A chance to sit down with speakers in a more intimate setting. Delegates can sign up to attend dinner with a speaker of their choice. Between 10-15 Delegates and 1 speaker will attend each dinner.

  • Speaker - Jermaine Henry, Sarah Flanagan, Matthieu Bister
  • Price: $$ / $$$$
  • Vegetarian Option:Yes
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Menu: http://www.kooshbistro.com/

As space is limited at the dinners, please only sign up if you fully intend on attending. Please meet at the restaurant and mention that you are there for a reservation under Laveza.




Friday January 15, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Koosh 1047 King St W, Hamilton

7:00pm

Speaker Dinner with Kai Zhang and Amelia Terrapin
Limited Capacity full

A chance to sit down with speakers in a more intimate setting. Delegates can sign up to attend dinner with a speaker of their choice. Between 10-15 Delegates and 1 speaker will attend each dinner.

  • Speaker - Kai Zhuang and Amelia Terrapin
  • Price: $$ / $$$$
  • Vegetarian Option: Yes
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Menu: http://www.worksburger.com/

As there is limited space at each restaurant, please only sign up if you fully intend on attending. Please meet at the restaurant and mention that you are there for a reservation under Laveza.


Speakers
avatar for Amelia Terrapin

Amelia Terrapin

Founder, Mobius
Amelia is an experienced dancer, systems thinker, and educator based in Asheville, North Carolina. Reluctant to choose between art and science, her work unites the two. During her journey as a professional dancer and educator, she developed an approach that teaches STEM concepts... Read More →
avatar for Kai Zhuang

Kai Zhuang

Process Designer and Facilitator, Mobius
Kai is an interdisciplinary engineer with a PhD in chemical engineering as well as a diverse technical background in systems modeling, environmental engineering, bioengineering, evolutionary ecology, and software development. He is also a leadership coach, energy healer, and... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro 2 King St W, Hamilton

7:00pm

Speaker Dinner with Kate Cave
Limited Capacity filling up

A chance to sit down with speakers in a more intimate setting. Delegates can sign up to attend dinner with a speaker of their choice. Between 10-15 Delegates and 1 speaker will attend each dinner.

  • Speaker - Kate Cave
  • Price: $$ / $$$$
  • Vegetarian Options: Yes
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Menu: http://www.beanbar.ca/

As there is limited space at the dinners, please only sign up if you fully intend on attending. Please meet at the restaurant and mention that you are there for a reservation under Laveza.


Speakers
avatar for Kate Cave

Kate Cave

Project Manager, Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources
Kate has over ten years’ experience working in the environmental field and with Aboriginal communities across Canada and rural, remote communities in developing countries. Her knowledge and expertise are in the areas of Aboriginal land claims and treaty rights, environment and development... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Bean Bar 1012 King Street W, Hamilton

7:00pm

Speaker Dinner with Sue Carr
Limited Capacity filling up

A chance to sit down with speakers in a more intimate setting. Delegates can sign up to attend dinner with a speaker of their choice. Between 10-15 Delegates and 1 speaker will attend each dinner.

  • Speaker - Sue Carr
  • Price: $$ / $$$$
  • Vegetarian Option: Yes
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Menu: http://radius.ca/ 

As there is limited space at each dinner, please only sign up if you fully intend on attending. Please meet at the restaurant and mention that you are there for a reservation under Laveza.


Speakers
avatar for Sue Carr

Sue Carr

Founder, 541 Restaurant
Sue has worked as a hospital chaplain and in addictions treatment before becoming the executive director at 541 Restaurant on Barton St. Hamilton. She is always ready to talk about 541, but would rather tell you about her grandchildren


Friday January 15, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Radius 151 James Street South, Hamilton

7:00pm

Speaker Dinner with Suzanne Fish and Jennie Coleman
Limited Capacity filling up

A chance to sit down with speakers in a more intimate setting. Delegates can sign up to attend dinner with a speaker of their choice. Between 10-15 Delegates and 1 speaker will attend each dinner.

  • Speaker - Suzanne Fish and Jennie Coleman
  • Price: $ - $$ / $$$$
  • Vegetarian Option: Yes
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Menu: http://laluna.co

As there is limited space at each restaurant, please only sign up if you fully intend on attending. Please meet at the restaurant and mention that you are there for a reservation under Laveza.


Speakers
avatar for Jennie Coleman

Jennie Coleman

President, Equifruit
Jennie Coleman has been owner / president of Equifruit since 2013. She combines a lengthy career in business with longstanding social justice roots, set during two years’ volunteer work in Namibia in the mid-90s.  She loves fair trade for its pragmatic approach to international... Read More →
avatar for Suzanne Fish

Suzanne Fish

Suzanne is absolutely devoted to a life long journey of bringing together a diversity of people to disrupt systems of oppression and re-create a new kind of community. She began her journey of social change as a development worker, studying African Political Economies at the University... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
La Luna 306 King Street W, Hamilton, ON

7:00pm

Speaker Dinner with Sydney Bryns, Genevieve Hughes and Kristina Nilsson
Limited Capacity filling up

A chance to sit down with speakers in a more intimate setting. Delegates can sign up to attend dinner with a speaker of their choice. Between 10-15 Delegates and 1 speaker will attend each dinner.

  • Speaker - Sydney Byrns, Genevieve Hughes, Kristina Nilsson
  • Price: $$ - $$$ / $$$$
  • Vegetarian Options: Yes
  • Wheelchair Accessible: No
  • Menu: http://www.chagallsrestaurant.com/

As there is limited space at each dinner, please sign up only if you fully intend on attending. Please meet at the restaurant and mention that you are there for a reservation under Laveza. 


Speakers
avatar for Sydney Byrns

Sydney Byrns

WASH Catalysts Malawi
Sydney Byrns was born and raised in Saskatoon, Canada, and has lived and worked in Malawi with water and sanitation ventures of EWB since 2010. Sydney currently leads the WASH Catalysts venture of EWB, which is focused on supporting innovative approaches to service delivery by local... Read More →
avatar for Genevieve Hughes

Genevieve Hughes

WASH Catalysts
Genevieve Hughes hails from Rothesay, NB, and stumbled into the heart of EWB in 2012 while studying at Dalhousie University. She has been working in Malawi with WASH Catalysts since 2014. Genevieve is currently facilitating the transition strategy of a large WaterAid Malawi project... Read More →
avatar for Kristina Nilsson

Kristina Nilsson

Program Manager, WASH Coordination Venture
Kristina Nilsson is originally from Cornwall, PEI, and has been working with EWB ventures in Malawi for the past 5 years. She's currently leading the WASH Coordination initiative of EWB, which is working with Malawi's Ministry of Water on strengthening their governance models and... Read More →


7:00pm

Speaker Dinner with Veronica Snooks
Limited Capacity seats available

A chance to sit down with speakers in a more intimate setting. Delegates can sign up to attend dinner with a speaker of their choice. Between 10-15 Delegates and 1 speaker will attend each dinner.

  • Speaker - Veronica Snooks
  • Price: $$ / $$$$
  • Vegetarian Options: Yes
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Menu: http://august8.ca/ 

As there is limited space at each dinner, please only sign up if you fully intend on attending. Please meet at the restaurant and mention that you are there for a reservation under Laveza.


Friday January 15, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
August Eight 1 Wilson St, Hamilton

8:00pm

Ice Skating - Pier 8

Go out and enjoy some quality Ice time with your new friends at Pier 8. 
More info: http://www.hamiltonwaterfront.com/2011/11/01/hamilton-outdoor-ice-rink/

Directions:

Hamilton Bus, 15 min, $3 - take the 4 bus from Bay at King to James at Burlington

*This is not an organized event 


Friday January 15, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Pier 8 47 Discovery Dr, Hamilton, ON L8L 8K4

8:00pm

Club 77

Celebrate an awesome day and mingle with the other delegates at Club 77. Mention EWB at the door before 11:30 so that you can cut the line and receive $5 off cover.


More info: http://www.seventyseven.ca/


Friday January 15, 2016 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Club 77 77 King William St. Hamilton, ON L8G1A4
 
Saturday, January 16
 

7:00am

Yoga
Every morning you can start your day off with Yoga from 7-8am before breakfast. It is a chance to get centered, get some energy flowing and start each day off right. Please bring your own mat.

Saturday January 16, 2016 7:00am - 7:45am
Sheraton Hotel, Beckett (Basement)

8:00am

8:45am

Opening: Co-Create
Moderators
avatar for Matthieu Bister

Matthieu Bister

Animation & traduction | Facilitation & Translation, Freelance
Matthieu catalyse des innovations pour les individus, les organisations et les systèmes. Il a soutenu pendant quelques années les sections d’Ingénieurs sans frontières Canada dans leurs activités et dans leurs stratégies d’action. Il a également démarré en 2014 le programme... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Flanagan

Sarah Flanagan

creative connector, le playground canada
Greetings! I'm a long-time EWBer, having worked at the National Office for 6 years (2008-2014). In my role as Office Manager, I had a brid's-eye-view of the organization, touching on everything from operations, overseas work, chapter development, fundraising, etc. One of my areas... Read More →
avatar for Jermaine Henry

Jermaine Henry

Spoke N Heard
Jermaine is a Social ARTrepreneur who uses drama, emceeing, facilitation and spoken word to co-create meaningful moments rooted in compassion and hope. Working alongside a handful of talented guides from across sectors, he will bring xChange delegates through the narrative of the... Read More →

Saturday January 16, 2016 8:45am - 9:15am
Hamilton Convention Centre, Wentworth/Main Ballroom (Main Floor)

9:00am

Engineering Change Lab Overview Session
Delegates will receive an introduction to Change Lab processes and an overview of the Engineering Change Lab. 

Speakers
avatar for Mark Abbott

Mark Abbott

Engineering Change Lab Animator, EWB National Office
Mark Abbott, P.Eng., MBA, currently serves as portfolio manager of EWB’s Engineering Leadership work and the “Animator” of the Engineering Change Lab, which is a platform for collaboration to allow individuals and organizations from across the profession to take action to address... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Hamilton Convention Centre, Webster B (Third Floor)

9:15am

Keynote: Gillian Barth
Speakers
avatar for Gillian Barth

Gillian Barth

CEO, Care Canada
Gillian Barth brings over 30 years of global development and humanitarian aid experience to her leadership role as president and chief executive officer at CARE Canada. Since joining CARE in 1991, as program manager of the Latin America program, Ms. Barth has served in progressively... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 9:15am - 10:30am
Hamilton Convention Centre, Wentworth/Main Ballroom (Main Floor)

10:10am

10:30am

French Caucus
Cet atelier vise à créer un espace positif où francophones et francophiles pourront discuter dans la langue qui est la leur des enjeux qui leur tiennent à coeur. À l'exception des sujets de discussions qui seront amenés par les participantes et participants, cet atelier propose d'explorer les actions qui pourraient être prises pour améliorer le niveau de bilinguisme dans l'organisation ainsi que la place de la langue française dans le domaine du développement international en Afrique subsaharienne.

This session aims to create a positive and safe space where francophones and francophiles will get the chance to discuss in their own language the issues that they care about. Apart from the discussion subjects that will be brought up by the participants, this session will try to explore the possible actions that could be taken to improve bilingualism within the organization and the place of French language in international development in Subsaharan Africa.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Cyr Wright

Catherine Cyr Wright

Co-présidente, Université Laval
Catherine est avant tout une jeune femme rousse passionnée de justice sociale et convaincue que l'éducation peut changer le monde. Elle est membre d'Ingénieurs sans frontières Canada depuis plus de 4 ans. Catherine a occupé plusieurs rôles au sein de l'organisation tout au long... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Hotel, Beckett (Basement)

10:30am

Mental Health Caucus
This session aims to create a positive and safe space where for people to discuss their experiences with mental health and how they intersect with international development and social justice.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Fox

Alex Fox

@WhoIsAlexFox www.alexandrafox.ca


Saturday January 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, 202

10:30am

An Introduction to Development Economics

Delegates attending this session will participate in a case study on the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 and the impact that it had on the Global South. This session will demonstrate to delegates the close and powerful influence that Global North economics can have in other parts of the world. Delegates will come away with an understanding of the economic context behind contemporary development issues and recognize the opportunities and challenges within that framework.


Speakers
avatar for Kai Chen

Kai Chen

Kai is a globally conscious graduate of Western University and long-time EWBer. He majored in geography during his undergrad and is currently a Master’s in Management candidate at the Ivey Business School. He’s worked at the Bank of Canada and most recently was an Associate at... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Hotel, Ballroom South

10:30am

Social Enterprise in Action
Join us for a panel discussion showcasing creative social businesses . Understand the challenges that social entrepreneurs face and how, as individuals, they get past them. We will explore examples of what social entrepreneurship can mean and celebrate the people making it happen.

Moderators
avatar for Mina Shahid

Mina Shahid

Co-Founder, Numida
I’m the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Numida (http://numida.co), a Uganda-based fintech social enterprise that is building the missing digital products that African small businesses need to thrive. Our first product is a free financial management app for Ugandan small businesses. Entrepreneurs... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Harry Akonnor

Harry Akonnor

Managing Director, S&B Oil Company Ltd.
Harry has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and Political Science and diplomas in Statistics and Financial Management. He runs his own oil extraction business, producing copra (a type of coconut oil) and palm kernel oil to sell to soap manufacturers. Harry began the business... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Armstrong

Amanda Armstrong

Textbooks for Change
Amanda was born and raised in Toronto and graduated from The Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University with a Certificate in Entrepreneurship. With a strong business background and diverse international experiences, she is enthusiastic about using social enterprise for economic development, sustainable growth, social good, and poverty alleviation. Since her first... Read More →
avatar for Meaghan Daly

Meaghan Daly

President, Forward Vision Games
Meaghan has a degree in finance and worked as an equity trader/market maker for major Canadian banks and investment firms for over 7 years on Bay Street. She was a trader during the financial crisis and saw first hand what happens when governments, businesses and financial institutions... Read More →
JT

Jacob Taylor

Founder, Originative Professional Development


Saturday January 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Hotel, Wellington Room (Main Floor)

10:30am

Sustainability 2.0 - Moving Beyond CSR and Eco-Efficiency

REFOCUS is an innovative educational program that demonstrates how addressing organizational sustainability can actually improve performance. This session will explore how our model helps leaders overcome the barriers that prevent real change in transforming sustainability into a key organizational priority.


Speakers
avatar for Randy Sa'd

Randy Sa'd

Randy has worked as a Management Consultant since beginning his career, spending time with both multi-national and boutique firms.  In 2007, Randy started his own consultancy and has successfully completed projects for a range of corporate and non-profit clients. More recently, Randy... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Room 207

10:30am

Clear Pathways from K-12 to Engineering Careers
A recent survey indicated that there is 90% interest in STEM careers, but only 55% in the 'E' -- engineering. Engineering is seen as being for those who are good and math and science, as opposed to a career that offers the opportunity to contribute significantly to society. In this session, we are going to explore the challenge of more clearly communicating the 'E' opportunity to all K-12 students.

Speakers
avatar for Franz Newland

Franz Newland

Assistant Lecturer, Earth and Space Science and Engineering, York University
Franz has worked in the space industry in Europe and Canada for over 15 years, working on tasks from simulating spacecraft and training their operators, for missions to improve our knowledge of the space environment and to improve science on the international space station, to designing... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hamilton Convention Center, Webster A (Third Floor)

10:30am

Co-Creating the Ideal Engineering Education
The goal of the session is to better understand the engineering education experience by engaging engineering students, professors, and professionals through collaborative hands on activities. These activities include an "Experiencing Mapping" process, which is a powerful approach for understanding the current and possible realities of a system. The insights generated in this session will be collected and considered by an Engineering Change Lab initiative that is seeking to shape the future of engineering education and better prepare students for their careers.

Speakers
avatar for Amit Kiran

Amit Kiran

Senior Associate, Design Research and Strategy, Bridgeable
Amit Kiran strives to shape memorable and impactful user experiences by translating latent user needs into actionable design strategies that yield immediate and measurable business results. At Bridgeable, he plays a key role in all aspects of our work from leading projects and managing... Read More →
avatar for Robert Lancefield

Robert Lancefield

Associate, Communication Design, Bridgeable
Robert seeks out and implements better ways to translate knowledge into tangible, impactful resources. He works primarily on health-related projects, designing visual communication for patient education and organization-wide strategies. He has applied the iterative design process... Read More →
avatar for Galen MacLusky

Galen MacLusky

Senior Associate, Design Research, Bridgeable
Galen MacLusky is an award-winning design researcher and strategist. He has led design research and strategy projects for Fortune 500 companies in healthcare, consumer electronics, and packaging. MacLusky holds an MS in engineering design and innovation from Northwestern University... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Webster C (Third Floor)

10:30am

Designing the Next Frontier of Engineering Innovation
What are the next game-changing innovations, and where will they come from? How do we accelerate their occurrence and help engineering drive them? In this session, participants will explore different cross-sector spaces ripe for innovation and use approaches from the Human-Centered Design toolkit to prototype new ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Dana Giacobbi

Dana Giacobbi

Business Change Catalyst
Dana is a passionate change leader on a constant quest to enable business to drive human development in a sustainable and globally just world. In 2010-2011, after completing his Master's in Mechanical Engineering, he spent one year in Burkina Faso with EWB Canada, enabling entrepreneurship... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Webster B (Third Floor)

10:30am

Solidarity at a Great Distance

Many of us share a sense of responsibility with people from around the world for promoting human and environmental well-being.  We would like to support change not only where we live, but in other communities too. How can we organize around these goals? Is the best way financial support, advocating our own government, or other options?  Sometimes cross-community change work can be powerful, while other times it actually causes harm. How do we engage in meaningful solidarity work when we are far from the perspectives or realities of people experiencing the problem?


Speakers
avatar for Jennie Coleman

Jennie Coleman

President, Equifruit
Jennie Coleman has been owner / president of Equifruit since 2013. She combines a lengthy career in business with longstanding social justice roots, set during two years’ volunteer work in Namibia in the mid-90s.  She loves fair trade for its pragmatic approach to international... Read More →
avatar for Jamie Kneen

Jamie Kneen

Co-Manager, MiningWatch Canada
I've been with MiningWatch Canada since its creation in 1999. I lead our social media and public engagement work as well as strategic research and communications. My research and advocacy includes our work in Africa (and for many years Latin America, too), as well as on uranium mining... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Albion B (Second Floor)

10:30am

What to Do With Public Opinion?
A democratic government, as well as NGOs, are supposed to be responsive to citizen needs, but it’s not clear that what the public wants is always best. Complex decisions might require more skill or research than the average member of the public has, and listening to the voice of the majority can leave minorities behind. How can governments and NGOs keep track of citizen opinions, and what should they do with them when they’ve got them?

Speakers
avatar for Suhuyini Shani Salim Zango

Suhuyini Shani Salim Zango

EWB Kumvana Fellow, Operations Associate: Client Support and Field Consulting, VOTO Mobile
Suhuyini Shani Salim Zango is a Fellow of the 2016 Kumvana Cohort. He was born and raised in tamale, the regional capital of northern region of Ghana. He has four brothers, three older and one younger. Suhuyini had his basic and secondary education in Tamale. In 2005 he proceeded... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Hotel, Ballroom West

10:30am

Young Citizens: The Importance of Youth Engagement in Canadian Democracy

It's often said that young people are a country's future, but also that Canadian 'millennials' are absent from the country's political process. Join this discussion, led by young people and organizations that work with them, to examine how young people are (or aren't) involved in building Canadian democracy -- and why that matters.


Moderators
avatar for Anne Della Guardia

Anne Della Guardia

Policy & Advocacy Communications Lead, Engineers Without Borders
Anne leads communications for EWB's Policy and Advocacy Team. She studied environmental sciences and international development and has worked in research and communications oriented roles in the public, private and non-profit sectors. For instance, she conducted research for a marine... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cédrik Chouinard

Cédrik Chouinard

Advocacy Team, Engineers Without Borders Canada
Cédrik is currently in the process of completing a bachelor degree in economics at Laval University. Since joining university, he’s been volunteering with Engineers Without Borders Canada as an advocacy rep, chapter president and as co-lead of Advocacy Distributed team. As well... Read More →
avatar for Jane Hilderman

Jane Hilderman

Executive Director, Samara
Jane is the Executive Director of Samara Canada, a non-partisan charity dedicated to improving political participation and strengthening Canada’s democracy. She oversees dynamic projects exploring where Canadians participate in democracy, how Members of Parliament do their jobs... Read More →
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Caro Loutfi

Executive Director, Apathy is Boring
Caro Loutfi is the Executive Director of Apathy is Boring, working in a non-partisan manner and on a national scale to engage Canadian youth in democracy. She was previously the Director of Operations and the Youth-Friendly Coordinator at Apathy is Boring. She also held the role... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Albion C (Second Floor)

10:30am

Adapting: The Winding Path of Systems Change
The WASH Catalysts venture shares principles of how the need for adaptation is designed into their approach. Using case studies drawn from eight years of governance work in the Malawi WASH sector, this session will highlight strategies for iterative design in complex systems. Participants will dive into the messy work of tactic design to catalyze systems change.

Speakers
avatar for Sydney Byrns

Sydney Byrns

WASH Catalysts Malawi
Sydney Byrns was born and raised in Saskatoon, Canada, and has lived and worked in Malawi with water and sanitation ventures of EWB since 2010. Sydney currently leads the WASH Catalysts venture of EWB, which is focused on supporting innovative approaches to service delivery by local... Read More →
avatar for Genevieve Hughes

Genevieve Hughes

WASH Catalysts
Genevieve Hughes hails from Rothesay, NB, and stumbled into the heart of EWB in 2012 while studying at Dalhousie University. She has been working in Malawi with WASH Catalysts since 2014. Genevieve is currently facilitating the transition strategy of a large WaterAid Malawi project... Read More →
avatar for Kristina Nilsson

Kristina Nilsson

Program Manager, WASH Coordination Venture
Kristina Nilsson is originally from Cornwall, PEI, and has been working with EWB ventures in Malawi for the past 5 years. She's currently leading the WASH Coordination initiative of EWB, which is working with Malawi's Ministry of Water on strengthening their governance models and... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Room 314

10:30am

Publicizing Failures and Why It Matters
The Annual Failure Report is an accessible and inclusive resource designed to encourage individuals to embrace and actively discuss failure. But is it really serving its purpose as an evaluation and monitoring tool for Engineers Without Borders? This session will critically look at the report and its role in shaping a progressive failure culture in the development space.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Pu

Christine Pu

Failure Report Editor, Engineers Without Borders
Christine Pu is the editor of Engineers Without Borders’ 2015 Annual Failure Report. The honest and constructive dialogue around failure is initially what drew her to EWB. In the process of compiling this year’s publication, she has grown to appreciate failure as a teacher and... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Albion A (Second Floor)

10:30am

Breaking the Bad Business of Poverty with LishaBora

The way we measure poverty drives our misguided understanding of it. Understanding our perception of poverty and how it needs to change will allow us to use the tools we have available and to work towards a holistic, sustainable solution.

This session will give delegates the opportunity to understand the work of LishaBora, an overseas EWB venture, and how it's work connects with the underlying EWB mandate of addressing poverty. It will highlight the problems we face in understanding poverty that are required for its eradication and what tools we have available as a society to help move towards this goal. 

Speakers
avatar for Graham Benton

Graham Benton

LishaBora
Graham Benton, Founder and Managing Director of LishaBora Hydroponics, spent the last four years working hand-in-hand with smallholder farmers in rural Kenya after arriving for the first time in October 2011. During this time he developed a strong understanding of the dairy market... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Hotel, McNab Room (Second Floor)

12:00pm

1:30pm

People of Colour Caucus
This session aims to create a positive and safe space where those who identify as people of colour will get the chance to share their experiences and discuss the intersectionality of issues of race and international development.

Speakers
avatar for Fatima Barron

Fatima Barron

A long-time EWBer, Fatima is finishing her undergraduate degree in Public Affairs and Policy Management with a specialization in Social Policy. She has worked with community organizations in Ottawa in various capacities from analyzing homelessness evaluation processes as well as... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Hotel, Ballroom South

1:30pm

Building New Landscapes for Food Security in Hamilton

What initiatives are being taken to combat food security issues in Hamilton? This session will explore different economic barriers that lower income individuals/families face with regards to food security and ways to address it.

Participants will be invited to discuss questions about food insecurity, its impacts, and its relationship to poverty in a Canadian context. We will learn about the most innovative approaches used to fill the gaps. Participants will discuss the root causes and explore possible solutions to the issue.


Moderators
avatar for Celeste Licorish

Celeste Licorish

Speakers Bureau Co-ordinator, Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction
Celeste is a single mom with multiple passions – especiallymaking Hamilton a better place for those struggling with poverty.  Originally from Toronto she moved to Hamilton to attend McMaster University and has called Hamilton home ever since.  Her diverse background includes... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sue Carr

Sue Carr

Founder, 541 Restaurant
Sue has worked as a hospital chaplain and in addictions treatment before becoming the executive director at 541 Restaurant on Barton St. Hamilton. She is always ready to talk about 541, but would rather tell you about her grandchildren
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Juby Lee

Project Manager of Good Food Box, Environment Hamilton
Over the past 7 years, Juby has been working on a number of projects at Environment Hamilton, a local, green, non-profit organization. Her projects include: the Good Food Box, Hamilton Farm Map and Directory, Hamilton Fruit Tree Project, Mohawk Farm Stand and most recently added... Read More →
avatar for John Mills

John Mills

Community Volunteer, Environment Hamilton
John describes himself as an average guy looking for something meaningful to do with the rest of his life. Those who know John say he’s someone who gives life more meaning.Originally from Prince Albert Saskatchewan -  John has spent most of his career working in IT, and has... Read More →
avatar for Oliver, Stacey and Piper

Oliver, Stacey and Piper

Founder, Oliver's Garden Project
Oliver’s Garden Project started in 2011 Oliver was 6 and Piper was 5.Oliver saw two little kids rummaging through blue recycling bins one day in his neighbourhood, he asked his mother “why”. When she told him they probably needed to find bottles or cans to take back to make... Read More →
avatar for Clare W

Clare W

Director of Community Food, Neighbour to Neighbour



Saturday January 16, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Hotel, Beckett (Basement)

1:30pm

Connecting the Dots: Relationship Mapping
Based on frameworks from the Centre for Innovation, Excellence, and Leadership (the IXL Centre), this session will teach participants to 'connect the dots' between people, businesses, non-profits, and governments. We will explore intentional relationship mapping and tools which help a venture improve access to people, products and services. Participants will try their hand at mapping out the 'dots' that exist inside or outside of their sector, and thinking about ways in which to connect them strategically to construct as many win-win scenarios as possible!

Speakers
avatar for James Thorogood

James Thorogood

James is a Mechanical Engineering undergraduate student at the University of Calgary. He has been involved with Engineers Without Borders since 2011, working with the UCalgary student chapter in various capacities, and most recently, as Co-President. James also participated in EWB's... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Hotel, McNab Room (Second Floor)

1:30pm

Entrepreneurship & Impact: The EWB Story
This session brings together social entrepreneurs representing EWB ventures. This panel will provide a look into EWB’s Theory of Change around creating impact through for-profit ventures. Delegates will gain a deeper understanding of how social enterprises balance the pressures of creating social impact while growing a sustainable business.

Moderators
avatar for Richard Tuck

Richard Tuck

CEO, Riipen
Richard is the CEO of Riipen, an experiential education platform that transforms class assignments into relevant, skill-based, industry projects so that post-secondary students graduate with recognized employable skills and experience. Riipen is a social enterprise with the mission... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Graham Benton

Graham Benton

LishaBora
Graham Benton, Founder and Managing Director of LishaBora Hydroponics, spent the last four years working hand-in-hand with smallholder farmers in rural Kenya after arriving for the first time in October 2011. During this time he developed a strong understanding of the dairy market... Read More →
avatar for Louis Dorval

Louis Dorval

Co-Founder, VOTO Mobile
Louis is an investor and entrepreneur focused on seed stage companies based in Africa. In his role as Managing Director of the MEST Incubator, he invested in and advised a portfolio of 15 tech startups based in Ghana (2 acquisitions, 3 raised international VC, 5 are cash-flow positive... Read More →
avatar for Sedem Kumahor

Sedem Kumahor

EWB Kumvana Fellow, Business Development Services Africa (BDSA)
Sedem graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Food Process Engineering andhas since developed his education in Change Leadership and Quality Management through various certificate programs. Sedem currently works as an entrepreneur and is involved in advocating for change leadership... Read More →
avatar for Mina Shahid

Mina Shahid

Co-Founder, Numida
I’m the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Numida (http://numida.co), a Uganda-based fintech social enterprise that is building the missing digital products that African small businesses need to thrive. Our first product is a free financial management app for Ugandan small businesses. Entrepreneurs... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Hotel, Wellington Room (Main Floor)

1:30pm

Enabling Meaningful Engineering Careers
Engineering changes lives, influences society, and has a huge impact on the world. Yet engineers, especially those early in their careers, face challenges in finding meaning in their work. What does a meaningful engineering career look like? How can engineering companies and employers enable a meaningful work environment?  

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Erskine

Jennifer Erskine

Hatch Ltd
Jennifer Erskine is the Chair of the Engineers Without Borders Committee at Hatch Ltd. The EWB Committee at Hatch brings together a group of passionate volunteers and aims to promote EWB’s values within a corporate setting. At Hatch, Jennifer is part of the Non-Destructive Testing... Read More →
avatar for Belinda Li

Belinda Li

Project Engineer, Tetra Tech
Belinda loves working on complex societal problems. This led her to joining Engineers Without Borders when she was a student at the University of British Columbia. From 2012 to 2014, she was a Long Term Fellow for the Water and Sanitation Team in Malawi with a focus on government... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Webster B (Third Floor)

1:30pm

Enabling Student-Driven Engineering Engagement In K-12
There are numerous STEM offerings focusing on K-12 schools across the country that are doing great work. However, the many offerings can sometimes be overwhelming to students, teachers, and parents. In addition, there are over 15,000 schools in Canada, many in remote areas. Both of these factors make it difficult for meaningful and cohesive promotion of engineering to students. In this session, delegates will have the opportunity to develop concepts to inform a "Future Engineers" club structure as a scaffolding for lasting and resilient activation of student drivent engineering engagement in K-12 schools 

Speakers
avatar for Alan Ham

Alan Ham

Venture Strategist, Engineers of Tomorrow
Venture Strategist of Engineers of Tomorrow, a new venture of Engineers Without Borders Canada that inspires the next generation of game-changers and problem-solvers through effective, impactful engineering outreach to youth and the general public.I am a graduate of the Automotive... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Hamilton Convention Center, Webster A (Third Floor)

1:30pm

Engineering Diversity: Applying Cutting Edge Insights from the World of Social Psychology
Over the past 20+ years, there have been a significant amount of effort towards increasing diversity in the engineering profession. Although there has been some good progress, the pace of change has disappointed many who been at the heart of the change efforts. In this session, we will provide an overview of the current landscape of diversity efforts and then zoom in on a promising new idea of applying insights about Stereotype Threat, a fear that one will confirm negative stereotypes, from the world of cognitive psychology to help enhance our existing efforts.  

Speakers
avatar for Crystal Tse

Crystal Tse

Research Associate at the Centre for Teaching Excellence, University of Waterloo
Crystal Tse is the educational research associate at the Centre for Teaching Excellence at the University of Waterloo where she supports and contributes to teaching and learning research and program evaluation. She received her PhD in social psychology in the Department of Psychology... Read More →
avatar for Mary Wells

Mary Wells

Professor, Chair, President, University of Waterloo, ONWiE, MetSoc
Mary Wells is a professor of materials in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Mary holds a PhD in metals and materials engineering from the University of British Columbia. She is also the chair of the Ontario Network of Women in... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Webster C (Third Floor)

1:30pm

Influencing a Complex System in Different Ways: The Case of the Mining Industry
The global mining industry is often in the news for negative impacts, such as the recent Samarco disaster in Brazil. Many civil society groups work to improve the impacts of mining and prevent unethical behavior by companies, but different organizations use different strategies to achieve change. Some work as watchdogs that can be confrontational with industry, while others try to partner with industry directly. This panel will dive into the pros, cons and risks of different civil society approaches, and show the different roles different actors have in influencing the system.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Flanagan

Erin Flanagan

Program Director, Federal Policy, Pembina Institute
Erin Flanagan is the director of the Pembina Institute's federal policy program. She researches and advocates for policies that reduce the environmental impacts of fossil fuel and related infrastructure projects, and that support Canada's transition to clean energy. As a technical... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Geipel

Jeff Geipel

Venture Leader, Mining Shared Value - EWB Canada
I run the Mining Shared Value venture, along with the team of Kanwal Dewan, Anthea Darychuk and Emily Nickerson. We work to promote local procurement by the global mining industry to improve the development impacts of mineral extraction. Come talk to me about the potential role of... Read More →
avatar for Jamie Kneen

Jamie Kneen

Co-Manager, MiningWatch Canada
I've been with MiningWatch Canada since its creation in 1999. I lead our social media and public engagement work as well as strategic research and communications. My research and advocacy includes our work in Africa (and for many years Latin America, too), as well as on uranium mining... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Albion B (Second Floor)

1:30pm

Economics and Power - Governments’ Internal Struggles
Public services are a key part of government, but they cannot be given without proper funding. Even with the best intentions (and especially without), governments are restrained by the finances they have available, and how they manage them internally. This session explores the economics of governments, as well as the decentralization of government power, on a government’s bottom line. Focused mainly on Nigeria and Ghana, but with examples across the continent, this session is an advanced look into the different players and factors in complex government economic systems.

Speakers
avatar for Olutoyin Oyelade

Olutoyin Oyelade

Founding Partner/CEO, InVcap Corporation
Olutoyin is the Founding Partner/CEO at InVcap-an African-focused private equity firm in Nigeria and Canada. InVcap recently completed the 1st WaterParks project in West Africa located at Ikogosi Ekiti in Southwest Nigeria (SplashWorldPark.com). Olutoyin's experience in the Investment... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Albion A (Second Floor)

1:30pm

Expert Citizens: Listening to Your People to Make Great Decisions
The number of people living in poverty in Newfoundland and Labrador decreased by almost 38,000 between 2003 and 2013, giving the province the lowest level of poverty in the country (Stats Canada, 2013). How did we get there? We listened to our people!

In this session we'll explore the public consultation methodologies employed by the Government of NL through the Office of Public Engagement and practice using the process ourselves. After this session, you'll be equipped to bring diverse citizen voices into whatever project for positive change you are currently working on.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Smith

Anna Smith

Youth Engagement Development Officer, Government of Newfoundland & Labrador
An EWB Alumna, Anna Smith is a student and teacher of public engagement, leadership development, and process design. In her current position with the Office of Public Engagement, she's responsible to ensure diverse youth voices and issues are given legitimate attention in both government... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Room 314

1:30pm

Growing Resistance: The Role of Governance in the Antimicrobial Era
Coming Soon!

Speakers
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Asha Behdinan

Asha Behdinan is a first year medical student at the University of Toronto. After finishing her thesis on antimicrobial resistance in collaboration with the Global Strategy Lab at the University of Ottawa and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation in Sweden, Asha continues to work on... Read More →
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Sarah Silverberg

Medical Student, University of Toronto
Sarah Silverberg is a second year medical student at the University of Toronto. She is interested in health policy and its intersection with the clinical practice of medicine. After studying the issue of antimicrobial resistance during her undergraduate in McMaster University's Arts... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Hotel, Ballroom West

1:30pm

Projects End: Designing for Sustainable Impacts
The influx and efflux of projects in the development space can significantly increase access to services for the most marginalized groups, but the sustainability of these investments rests on the shoulders of local government and community members. How can projects be designed to clearly define the roles of implementers and managers? How can project exit strategies be facilitated to ensure responsibility and support is thoroughly transitioned? Jump into the brain of WASH Catalysts and help us tackle some of these exciting challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Sydney Byrns

Sydney Byrns

WASH Catalysts Malawi
Sydney Byrns was born and raised in Saskatoon, Canada, and has lived and worked in Malawi with water and sanitation ventures of EWB since 2010. Sydney currently leads the WASH Catalysts venture of EWB, which is focused on supporting innovative approaches to service delivery by local... Read More →
avatar for Genevieve Hughes

Genevieve Hughes

WASH Catalysts
Genevieve Hughes hails from Rothesay, NB, and stumbled into the heart of EWB in 2012 while studying at Dalhousie University. She has been working in Malawi with WASH Catalysts since 2014. Genevieve is currently facilitating the transition strategy of a large WaterAid Malawi project... Read More →
avatar for Kristina Nilsson

Kristina Nilsson

Program Manager, WASH Coordination Venture
Kristina Nilsson is originally from Cornwall, PEI, and has been working with EWB ventures in Malawi for the past 5 years. She's currently leading the WASH Coordination initiative of EWB, which is working with Malawi's Ministry of Water on strengthening their governance models and... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, 202

1:30pm

The Community Advantage
Why is Community Empowerment important? What does this look like? What root causes of poverty can it address? How can we use insights from the past few days to create a space for community empowerment in our workplaces, schools, and communities? Join this panel session as we seek to address these questions!

Moderators
avatar for Emily Nickerson

Emily Nickerson

Mining Shared Value
Emily Nickerson is a Research Analyst with Mining Shared Value, a venture of Engineers Without Borders. Before joining, Emily worked with Pollen Group evaluating systems-change approaches to agricultural market development in Tanzania. Previously at Purpose Capital, an impact investment... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jonathon Araujo

Jonathon Araujo

Business Growth Leader, CORE Advisory
Jonathon Araujo is an Ojibway business leader from Ontario.  He specializes in economic development with First Nation communities and organizations specifically in business,3 P's finance and investment strategies. Jonathon is currently a managing partner for Pontiac Community Developers... Read More →
avatar for Meaghan Daly

Meaghan Daly

President, Forward Vision Games
Meaghan has a degree in finance and worked as an equity trader/market maker for major Canadian banks and investment firms for over 7 years on Bay Street. She was a trader during the financial crisis and saw first hand what happens when governments, businesses and financial institutions... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Nahdee

Matthew Nahdee

Managing Director, Pontiac Community Developers
Matthew's experience has been framed around the areas of Indigenous community development in both domestic and international locales. Matthew's work involves facilitating the conception and operations of sustainable enterprise for various indigenous communities. By addressing the... Read More →
avatar for Rock Palmer

Rock Palmer

Growing up in Northern Ontario provided me with an appreciation for the natural beauty of the outdoors and I experienced how the relationship between people and their natural surroundings contributed to the local culture. These experiences manifested in my decision to study geography... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Spring

Andrew Spring

PhD Student, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, Wilfrid Laurier University
Andrew Spring has a diverse background in sustainability and the environment.  Trained as an environmental engineer, his expertise is creating innovative programs to engage communities in sustainable planning or environmental conservation. Andrew has developed award-winning programs... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Albion C (Second Floor)

1:30pm

Using Liberating Structures to Create Systemic Change
Is there a better way to work together to create ideas for systemic change? Liberating structures are simple rules to guide and liberate everyone’s contributions in group settings. This session will explore the concepts of Liberating Structures, and delegates will learn to use these structures to create positive group engagement, increase participation across boundaries, spark creativity, and foster innovation. This session will not need any prior knowledge in poverty reduction, and will focus primarily on the Liberating Structures. Join our session to have some fun and expand and deepen your 'idea' resources while you're at it!

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay McDonald

Lindsay McDonald

Principal, FreshEye Thinking
Lindsay McDonald brings tri-sector leadership experience in the Arts, Business, and Purpose-focused organizations (not-for-profits) to her work as Principal at FreshEye Thinking. Exploring and co-designing innovative engagement and empowerment strategies for companies, government... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Room 207

3:00pm

3:30pm

3:30pm

Engineering & Society Bootcamp
Limited Capacity full

Participants will have a chance to share perspectives and generate ideas for interventions in the system - from brainstorming ideas, prototyping, then finally presenting as a team.
This session is by invitation only. Please contact Mark Abbot if you are interested in attending at markabbott@ewb.ca.

Speakers
avatar for Sal Alajek

Sal Alajek

Sal is a building restoration engineer with WSP Canada's Building Sciences Group in Toronto, specilizing in rehabilitation of high rise towers. For three years Sal worked with Engineers Without Borders Canada as a Portfolio Manager supporting various ventures and initiatives in Canada... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Webster B (Third Floor)

4:00pm

Wapikoni Mobile Film Screening: Reconciliation, Identity, & Conflict within a Canadian Context

This screening will feature three short films from filmmakers at Wapikoni Mobile. Wapikoni mobile travels to First Nations communities primarily in Quebec to assist individuals in directing and producing short films and music videos. The films screening this afternoon are part of a project called my reconciliation, which has been organized by a team of Studio [Y] Fellows at the MaRS Discovery District, with the guidance of the 4Rs Youth Movement. my reconciliation invites all people living in Canada to address their personal role in recognizing and addressing inequality and other forms of violence that occur on this land. 


Saturday January 16, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Reconcilliation Art Exhibit Hamilton Convention Centre, Second Floor Landing

4:00pm

How Social Enterprise, Mobile Technology & Innovation Hubs are Leading the Way for Sustainable Economic Development in East Africa
Learn about technology, entrepreneurship and innovation trends in East Africa. We will dive into specific examples of social enterprises in East Africa and understand how mobile technology is changing the world & disrupting systems of inequality. 

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Armstrong

Amanda Armstrong

Textbooks for Change
Amanda was born and raised in Toronto and graduated from The Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University with a Certificate in Entrepreneurship. With a strong business background and diverse international experiences, she is enthusiastic about using social enterprise for economic development, sustainable growth, social good, and poverty alleviation. Since her first... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Albion A (Second Floor)

4:00pm

EWB Annual General Meeting

Members of Engineers Without Borders Canada are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM)..

The AGM has always strived to be an interactive forum, during which we consider the progress of the organization and reflect on where there is room for improvement. The AGM is a key place for this reflection, for financial accountability, and for member input related to key organizational decisions and governance. In addition, the membership will elect the 2016 Board of Directors at the AGM.

Saturday January 16, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Wentworth/Main Ballroom (Main Floor)

4:00pm

Mobius Method for Engineers: Moving Towards Co-creativity
Limited Capacity filling up

This highly interactive workshop is specifically designed to help engineers expand their 
abilities to co-create with others. The Mobius Method harnesses the body’s wisdom 
through movement, and helps individuals and teams engage in the powerful learning, 
deep reflection and authentic connection that is essential to meeting the challenges of 
our times. In this workshop, we will use this method to explore the various qualities of a 
co-creator (ie. distributing leadership, expanding perception, suspending 
preconceptions), and practice embodying these qualities to become more skillful co-
creators.  Join us for a couple of hours of serious play, and be prepared to move, laugh, 
reflect and connect!

Speakers
avatar for Amelia Terrapin

Amelia Terrapin

Founder, Mobius
Amelia is an experienced dancer, systems thinker, and educator based in Asheville, North Carolina. Reluctant to choose between art and science, her work unites the two. During her journey as a professional dancer and educator, she developed an approach that teaches STEM concepts... Read More →
avatar for Kai Zhuang

Kai Zhuang

Process Designer and Facilitator, Mobius
Kai is an interdisciplinary engineer with a PhD in chemical engineering as well as a diverse technical background in systems modeling, environmental engineering, bioengineering, evolutionary ecology, and software development. He is also a leadership coach, energy healer, and... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Albion C (Second Floor)

5:30pm

Extended AGM Q&A
Opportunity to address community questions, concerns, and ideas.

Saturday January 16, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Wentworth/Main Ballroom (Main Floor)

7:30pm

Bowling time!

Go bowling after a day of learning with your friends! 
More info: http://www.universitylanes.ca/

Directions:

Hamilton Bus, 15 min, $3 - take the 5 from King at Bay to Osler at Grant

*This is not an organized event


Saturday January 16, 2016 7:30pm - 10:00pm
University Lanes 101 Osler Dr #114, Dundas, ON L9H 4H4

7:30pm

Hess Village - Eat & Be Merry!
Everyone head down to Hess Village! A gorgeous place to grab a bite or a drink.
More info: http://www.hessvillagehamilton.com/

*This is not an organized event

Saturday January 16, 2016 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Hess Village

7:30pm

Social Enteprise Networking Reception
Limited Capacity filling up

Calling all delegates working or interested in social entrepreneurship! Come and join us for a fun evening of meeting and discussing ideas about social enterprise with people currently working in the space. Grab a drink and gear up for some great conversation!

Price: $ / $$$$

Please meet at the restaurant. 


Saturday January 16, 2016 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Homegrown Hamilton 27 King William St, Hamilton, ON L8R 1A1
 
Sunday, January 17
 

7:00am

Yoga
Every morning you can start your day off with Yoga from 7-8am before breakfast. It is a chance to get centered, get some energy flowing and start each day off right. Please bring your own mat.

Sunday January 17, 2016 7:00am - 7:45am
Sheraton Hotel, Beckett (Basement)

8:00am

8:45am

Opening: Act
Moderators
avatar for Matthieu Bister

Matthieu Bister

Animation & traduction | Facilitation & Translation, Freelance
Matthieu catalyse des innovations pour les individus, les organisations et les systèmes. Il a soutenu pendant quelques années les sections d’Ingénieurs sans frontières Canada dans leurs activités et dans leurs stratégies d’action. Il a également démarré en 2014 le programme... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Flanagan

Sarah Flanagan

creative connector, le playground canada
Greetings! I'm a long-time EWBer, having worked at the National Office for 6 years (2008-2014). In my role as Office Manager, I had a brid's-eye-view of the organization, touching on everything from operations, overseas work, chapter development, fundraising, etc. One of my areas... Read More →
avatar for Jermaine Henry

Jermaine Henry

Spoke N Heard
Jermaine is a Social ARTrepreneur who uses drama, emceeing, facilitation and spoken word to co-create meaningful moments rooted in compassion and hope. Working alongside a handful of talented guides from across sectors, he will bring xChange delegates through the narrative of the... Read More →

8:55am

Keynote: Lloyd Axworthy
Speakers
avatar for Lloyd Axworthy

Lloyd Axworthy

Before becoming President of The University of Winnipeg, Dr. Axworthy’s political career spanned 27 years, six of which he served in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly and 21 in the Federal Parliament. He held several Cabinet positions, notably Minister of Employment and Immigration... Read More →


10:00am

Field Trip: Food Security and Urban Farms
Limited Capacity filling up

Field Trips will depart from the Main Ballroom.

Join McQuesten community members involved with the Urban Farm initiative to find out how it was started and how it's contributing to increasing food security in the neighbourhood. 
Field trip locaton: St. Helen Early Years Center  

Please dress accordingly and expect cold weather. Have a pair of boots on you if possible.


Speakers
avatar for Casey Eaton

Casey Eaton

Casey Eaton has been a McQuesten Neighbour since 2009. He is presently Chair of the McQuesten Community Planning Team and active volunteer at the Bistro and Urban Farm. Casey’s vision is to have a safe and active neighbourhood.
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Kelley McKinney

Kelly McKinney is our Community Animator for the Urban Farm and Hamilton Victory Garden’s St. Helen site. She has been with us less than a year but has been a vibrant influence on the Urban Farm Project. She ran the Sprout Camp for children in the neighbourhood this summer and... Read More →
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Pat Reid

Pat Reid has lived in the McQuesten neighbourhood since 1991. She is an active supporter of food security and healthy food access for low income families. She is encouraged by the engagement that the Bistro has with neighbours who come to visit and use the Food Bank while at the... Read More →
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Laura Ryan

Community Developer
Laura Ryan is a Community Developer Worker with Hamilton’s Neighbourhood Development Strategy coordinated through the City of Hamilton and supported by The Hamilton Community Foundation. Laura is the Community Development Worker for McQuesten. She is vibrant supporter of the work... Read More →
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Adam Watson

Adam Watson is the Project Manager for the Urban Farm. He is a City of Hamilton employee and has a vast experience working with the City. As Project Manager, he has obtained contractors to work in preparing the grounds for spring planting and is actively engaging the Schools in... Read More →


Sunday January 17, 2016 10:00am - 12:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Wentworth/Main Ballroom (Main Floor)

10:00am

Field Trip: History and Science Hike at McMaster's Parking Lot M
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Field Trips will depart from the Main Ballroom.

Join your guides Reyna Matties (McMaster Biology) and Randy Kay (Restore Cootes) for a tour into the past, present and future of McMaster's parking Lot M.
This former floodplain was a Royal Botanical Garden Nature Sanctuary until purchased by
McMaster in 1963 to construct a massive parking lot. However, in 2014, some big changes 
started to improve the natural environment. Come see what's happening now.
www.restorecootes.blogspot.ca 

Field trip location: McMaster University 

Speakers
avatar for Randy Kay

Randy Kay

Randy has an abiding interest in the way we have manipulated the landscape, specifically in the way we have traded nature for parking and roads. He has researched and presented on the history of Cootes Drive, and more recently, on the history of Coldspring Valley Nature Sanctuary... Read More →
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Reyna Matties

Reyna is interested in sustainable urban development. Old city infrastructure provides theopportunity for retrofits. With an environmental science background, she is now pursuing amaster's degree at McMaster University in Biology. Her research works toward retrofittingthe stormwater... Read More →


Sunday January 17, 2016 10:00am - 12:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Wentworth/Main Ballroom (Main Floor)

10:00am

The True Cost: Documentary Screening & Discussion
In this session we will watch True Cost, a feature length documentary that explores the impact of the fast fashion industry on people and the planet. We will then participate in a spirited discussion examining our behaviors, motivations, and unearth some of our 'blind spots' as it relates to economic consumption. 

Speakers
avatar for Pavel Reppo

Pavel Reppo

EWB Canada
Pavel is a social entrepreneur, and he is passionate about fostering opportunities for positive social change. He was born in Belarus and moved to the USA at the tender age of 5. He spent the last three years leading an organization called The Wayfaring Band that creates travel opportunities for young adults experiencing cognitive and developmental disabilities, as well as leadership fellows. He is an avid traveler who has worked directly with orphaned youth and children living in slums in Uganda. He is currently the Chapter Engagement... Read More →


Sunday January 17, 2016 10:00am - 12:30pm
Sheraton Hotel, McNab Room (Second Floor)

10:00am

Intervention Strategies for Increasing Engineering Diversity
How would you facilitate an intervention to increase diversity in Canada’s engineering industry? In this session you will address the challenge of increasing diversity in engineering in Canada, moving from large-scale and abstract ideas to focusing on actionable items.

Speakers
avatar for Zoey Gould

Zoey Gould

Project Coordinator, Engineers of Tommorow
Zoey Gould is a Project Coordinator with Engineers of Tomorrow in Toronto, Canada. She's a Graduate Engineer with a multidisciplinary background in arts-education and performing arts. 
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Alan Ham

Venture Strategist, Engineers of Tomorrow
Venture Strategist of Engineers of Tomorrow, a new venture of Engineers Without Borders Canada that inspires the next generation of game-changers and problem-solvers through effective, impactful engineering outreach to youth and the general public.I am a graduate of the Automotive... Read More →


Sunday January 17, 2016 10:00am - 12:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Webster C (Third Floor)

10:00am

The Power of Online Platforms for Driving Change
Online platforms have huge potential to foster learning, weave together communities, and even help build movements. In this session, delegates will have an opportunity to engage with prototypes of the online platform that is being developed by EWB's Global Engineering Initiative and to offer feedback that will help shape next iterations.  

Speakers
avatar for Alex Meikelham

Alex Meikelham

Concordia University, Global Engineering Venture
Alexandra’s passion is empowering engineers to go beyond the technical. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in English and Economics from McGill University, Alexandra spent two years in Product Development at a major international fashion retail and wholesale company. After realizing... Read More →


Sunday January 17, 2016 10:00am - 12:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Webster B (Third Floor)

10:00am

Field Trip: Community and Collaboration at L'Arche
Limited Capacity seats available

Field Trips will depart from the Main Ballroom. 

Experience how L’Arche Hamilton builds community in Hamilton providing people with and without intellectual disabilities a home, workplace, creative opportunities and a place of belonging. In this interactive workshop, you will learn more about how Jean Vanier desired to empower the marginalized and opened the first L’Arche home which has since grown to over 140 communities all over the world. You will gain experience learning from core members and assistants who share life together and live ‘L’Arche’ daily.

Field trip location: L'Arche Hamilton Day Center

Speakers
avatar for Michael Barry

Michael Barry

Michael is a busy guy. He joined L’Arche in 1983. He loves sports and participates in basketball and soccer throughout the year and is an avid fan of the Leafs and Blue Jays even though he says ‘Buh-bye’ to them each season. He loves spending time with his family and friends... Read More →
avatar for Cynthia Klus

Cynthia Klus

Cynthia has been living in L’Arche for 23 years. She loves L’Arche life living with her two friends and enjoys her job working at a secondary school in Hamilton where she also makes presentations about L’Arche to high school students. She also enjoys visiting her family and... Read More →
avatar for Paige McIsaac

Paige McIsaac

Paige is the Community Relations Coordinator and Supported Independent Living Leader for L’Arche Hamilton. She works to broaden L’Arche Hamilton’s outreach in the community by both welcoming volunteers and helping out in the community. She started living in L’Arche Hamilton... Read More →
avatar for Janice Morrison

Janice Morrison

Janice was one of the first core members who came to live in L’Arche Hamilton in 1978. She spends her days volunteering at a coffee shop, making art at the L’Arche Creative Hands Art Studio, knitting, getting to know the neighbourhood cats and spending time with her friends in... Read More →
avatar for Jasmine Waslowski

Jasmine Waslowski

Jasmine joined the L’Arche community as a part-time Assistant in September of 2015. She has felt incredibly welcomed at L’Arche and is amazed by what she learns every day. During her undergraduate studies at McMaster, Jasmine developed a keen interest in learning from and working... Read More →


Sunday January 17, 2016 10:00am - 12:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Wentworth/Main Ballroom (Main Floor)

10:00am

Field Trip: Hamilton City Hall
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Field Trips will depart from the Main Ballroom.

Get a tour of Hamilton City Hall, and have a conversation with City Manager Chris Murray about how public services can collaborate with neighbours to work towards positive community initiatives. 

Location: City Hall

Speakers
avatar for Chris Murray

Chris Murray

Chris has been City Manager since January 1, 2009. He has spent considerable time moving forward on the City’s priorities and evaluating its delivery of citizen-centred services. Under his leadership, the City has forged ahead with a number of City building initiatives including... Read More →


Sunday January 17, 2016 10:00am - 12:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Wentworth/Main Ballroom (Main Floor)

10:00am

Field Trip: Hamilton's High Line? Redeveloping the Pipeline Trail
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Field Trips will depart from the Main Ballroom.

Learn about residents' vision for a neglected but historically significant urban pathway and the work, partnerships, and processes they are using to plan its transformation into a vital, active corridor for transportation and biodiversity.

Field trip location: Action Research Commons Hamilton 

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Seidl

Elizabeth Seidl

A resident in Hamilton’s Crown Point neighbourhood since 2013, Elizabeth happily chairs the Pipeline Trail Planning Team, an offshoot of the Crown Point Community Planning Team. The Pipeline Trail team works to encourage environmental stewardship and revitalization along the trail... Read More →
avatar for Bev Wagar

Bev Wagar

Bev grew a tomato fourteen years ago and she's been mucking about in gardens ever since. She's an Accredited Practitioner and Organic Master Gardener with SOUL (Society for Organic Urban Landcare). A founding member of the Crown Point Garden club, Bev enjoys wreaking horticultural... Read More →


Sunday January 17, 2016 10:00am - 12:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Wentworth/Main Ballroom (Main Floor)

10:00am

Think Twice: The Dangers of Creating Institutions, Laws and Organizations Responsible for Community Safety
Last year a man who was homeless froze to death at the corner of Dundas and Yonge – one of the busiest intersections in Toronto.  Institutions such as hospitals and shelters are designed to manage these kinds of crises, but these institutions cannot be the only site of intervention or care.  How can we take responsibility for each other as citizens?  What are the dangers of depending on institutions to provide care and what exactly can we do to care for each other in community?  This workshop will build some basic skills and explore some helpful ways that we can engage and support each other in situations of crises.

Speakers
avatar for Suzanne Fish

Suzanne Fish

Suzanne is absolutely devoted to a life long journey of bringing together a diversity of people to disrupt systems of oppression and re-create a new kind of community. She began her journey of social change as a development worker, studying African Political Economies at the University... Read More →
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Joan Ruzsa

Coordinator, Rittenhouse


Sunday January 17, 2016 10:00am - 12:30pm
Sheraton Hotel, Wellington Room (Main Floor)

10:00am

Examining Narratives: Cultivating a Culture of Liberation
The session will assist in building the skills of vulnerability and authenticity in regards to developing right relations with those we serve, as social change agents. In this workshop, we will explore the unique perspectives each of us carry, and how they affect the work we do, especially when intersecting with people from different societal structures, backgrounds and experiences. It is our goal that you will leave this workshop with a stronger understanding of how to build genuine working relationships that nurture equity, value and freedom

Speakers
avatar for Duane Hall

Duane Hall

Co-Lead, Grassroots Youth Collaborative
Duane Hall is an artist and social change agent who is passionate about utilizing a creative approach to discussing mental health and the human condition. He is a founding member, and Event Curator, of Spoke N’ Heard, a collective of diverse creatives, intellects and social innovators... Read More →


Sunday January 17, 2016 10:00am - 12:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Albion A (Second Floor)

10:00am

Field Trip: Engendered Homelessness
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Field Trips will depart from the Main Ballroom.

This session will explore how experiences of poverty differ with gender as well as some of the work that goes towards poverty and homelessness reduction in Hamilton. 

Field trip location: Good Shepherd Society 

Speakers
avatar for Yolisa de Jager

Yolisa de Jager

Director, Women's Services, Good Shepherd
Yolisa de Jager is the Director of Good Shepherd Women's Services. Women's Services operates two shelters with a total of 65 beds, Second Stage housing, Housing First program, and various outreach and counseling programs for women and children. She has a Masters degree in Gender and... Read More →


Sunday January 17, 2016 10:00am - 12:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Wentworth/Main Ballroom (Main Floor)

10:00am

Field Trip: The Starting Over House – the Road to Healing and Empowerment
Limited Capacity filling up

Field Trips will depart from the Main Ballroom.

Phoenix Place is a second stage shelter whose mission statement is to empower, educate, counsel and house women and children whose lives have been affected by domestic violence.  Through experiential programs, techniques, counselling and peer support, this organization has experienced great success in helping women break their cycle of violence and in going forward, they establish new independent, violence free lives.  In this session, we will share descriptions and explanations of how this organization has worked with the women who are a part of it to establish a 97% success rate in empowering women to not returning to their abusers.
Location: Phoenix Place home

Speakers
avatar for Carol Wiggins

Carol Wiggins

CEO of Phoenix Place, second stage shelter since 2002Been involved in not for profit organizations as staff, board member and chair for over 40 yearsAt the age of 55, set new goals to run and complete beginner triathlons, since that time has completed several short races and nine... Read More →


Sunday January 17, 2016 10:00am - 12:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Wentworth/Main Ballroom (Main Floor)

10:00am

Mobius Method for Engineers: Moving Towards Co-creativity
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This highly interactive workshop is specifically designed to help engineers expand their 
abilities to co-create with others. The Mobius Method harnesses the body’s wisdom 
through movement, and helps individuals and teams engage in the powerful learning, 
deep reflection and authentic connection that is essential to meeting the challenges of 
our times. In this workshop, we will use this method to explore the various qualities of a 
co-creator (ie. distributing leadership, expanding perception, suspending 
preconceptions), and practice embodying these qualities to become more skillful co-
creators.  Join us for a couple of hours of serious play, and be prepared to move, laugh, 
reflect and connect!

Speakers
avatar for Amelia Terrapin

Amelia Terrapin

Founder, Mobius
Amelia is an experienced dancer, systems thinker, and educator based in Asheville, North Carolina. Reluctant to choose between art and science, her work unites the two. During her journey as a professional dancer and educator, she developed an approach that teaches STEM concepts... Read More →
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Kai Zhuang

Process Designer and Facilitator, Mobius
Kai is an interdisciplinary engineer with a PhD in chemical engineering as well as a diverse technical background in systems modeling, environmental engineering, bioengineering, evolutionary ecology, and software development. He is also a leadership coach, energy healer, and... Read More →


Sunday January 17, 2016 10:00am - 12:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Albion C (Second Floor)

10:00am

Sustaining Social Innovation in our Organizations
Most social purpose organizations and initiatives start off with a heart-felt vision, lots of fresh ideas, and a well-spring of energy in their initial years of life. But over time, as they mature, the work becomes more routinized and work relationships become less engaging and authentic. As a result, the organizational capacity for social innovation begins to wane and our systemic impact fades with it.

How can your organization avoid falling into this common pattern? 
In this workshop we’ll explore key practices that can help you amplify and sustain your organization’s capacity for social innovation and maintain engagement over many years. 

Recommended "reading" (15 min video): http://organizationunbound.org/expressive-change/film-release/

Speakers
avatar for Meghan Gilmore

Meghan Gilmore

Organization Unbound
Meghan Gilmore is returning to Montreal this year after completing a residency in organizational development for social innovation with Organization Unbound in Cape Town, South Africa. After working with many vibrant and innovative organizations like EWB (both in Canada and Malawi... Read More →


Sunday January 17, 2016 10:00am - 12:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Room 207

10:00am

Zero to Action: Ideation and Rapid Prototyping
Everybody wants to make a difference, and anyone is capable of developing a project to make the world better, but it’s hard to know where to start. This session will lead you through the process of how to do it. We’ll start with an examination of what you want to change, lead you through our high energy “brainsprouting” session to come up with hundreds of creative ideas, and give you tools to turn those ideas into a concrete plan. We’ll share the simple secret that most people overlook when starting an idea, and a sure-fire method for ironing out the details as fast as possible. Then, you’ll get super clear on your idea as you practice sharing it with others. You’ll also have the chance to get (and give) some preliminary feedback. By the end of the session, you’ll have a clear project idea complete with an action plan to keep you moving forward.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Hilchey

Joel Hilchey

McMaster University
Joel Hilchey teaches sustainability at McMaster University, and he speaks at events across North America about leadership, success, and what holds people back.  He also happens to be an EWB Donor and Alumnus.  You’ll probably remember him as the speaker who plays with mousetraps... Read More →
avatar for Brandon Love

Brandon Love

Brandon Love is a professional magician, author, and speaker. He is also a self-professed student of wonder:An avid traveller, reader, and unique-experience seeker. Brandon’s presentations aim to help others unlock their hidden potential, and tap into their creative selves. When... Read More →


Sunday January 17, 2016 10:00am - 12:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Albion B (Second Floor)

12:30pm

2:00pm

LGBTQIA Caucus

This session aims to create a positive and safe space where people who identify as LGBTQQIP2SAA will get the chance to discuss their experiences. During this session, delegates will come up with tools to create more inclusive spaces for people of all gender identities and sexual orientations in their day-to-day lives. 


Speakers
avatar for Marley Bowen

Marley Bowen

Executive VP, Get REAL
Marley Bowen is 23 and grew up in a small town in Newfoundland. She attended Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, where she received a Bachelor of Science with a specialization in Nutrition. She was an integral part of bringing the Get REAL movement to Acadia, and is the second... Read More →
avatar for Max Denley

Max Denley

Max Denley is 23 and joined Get REAL's Acadia team at its outset, in charge of multimedia. There, he took the lead on filming the team's major initiative, an undertaking that required photo shoots and video shoots with the entire athletic department of the university. Max was instrumental... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Weinstock

Rachel Weinstock

Protector of Magic in Children, Playfully Creative
Rachel Weinstock has been a mentor and friend to Get REAL since meeting in June of 2015. Rachel runs inclusivity and anti-bullying workshops in her own right, in addition to developing expressive arts programs for kids and adults across many cultures and age groups. Rachel has an... Read More →


Sunday January 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Sheraton Hotel, McNab Room (Second Floor)

2:00pm

Applying Sustainability
This session will explore how to make use of current research from sustainability science to inform decisions and understand complex challenges. By using a 'quadruple bottom line' approach, this session discusses how to understand the economic, social, environmental, and system effectiveness aspects of contemporary challenges and opportunities. The workshop provides an overview of different perspectives from academia and the field of practice on what sustainability is and how it can be applied, a discussion of sustainability myths, and an overview of new sustainability tools.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Miller

Patrick Miller

Senior Consultant, Steer Davies Gleave
Patrick Miller (PhD) is passionate about creating sustainable, resilient, compassionate, and creative communities. As a transportation planner and consultant, Patrick has worked with public, private and non-profit clients across North America and around the world to innovative transportation... Read More →


Sunday January 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Room 314

2:00pm

Intro to Lean Startups for Social Change
This workshop will lead participants through a quick, but in-depth practice of building a Minimum Viable Product (or MVP) -- a solution to a problem they working on. The practice will illustrate some of the key concepts of the lean startup and leave attendees with practical next steps they can take in 30 days or less to advance a solution. A follow-on call will also be scheduled about 30 days out to allow participants to check-in and get coaching on how to move forward as well.

Speakers
avatar for Michel Gelobter

Michel Gelobter

Founder & Chairman, Cooler
Michel Gelobter is the author of the upcoming book, Lean Startups for Social Change: The Revolutionary Path to Big Impact. Michel has held senior positions in advocacy, government, academia, and business, with an ongoing substantive focus on environment, energy, and social justice... Read More →



Sunday January 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Sheraton Hotel, Wellington Room (Main Floor)

2:00pm

Project Harvest - Empowering Rural Subsistence Farmers

An examination of the work of Project Harvest in supporting excluded and economically poor rural farming families (campesinas/os) and their communities, as they become more self-sufficient, self-confident and empowered, through the production of high quality food and group organization.

Project Harvest’s innovative program is dedicated to strengthening the organizational capacity of marginalized groups of women in order to support them to be able to participate in their own community development.

 


Speakers
avatar for Paul Lemieux

Paul Lemieux

Founder, Project Harvest
Paul has years of experience working with social justice organizations. Paul has lived and worked in Guatemala for extended periods of time over the last thirty five years. An educator by profession, Paul worked for the international development organization Development and Peace... Read More →


Sunday January 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Sheraton Hotel, Ballroom West

2:00pm

The Power of Information
This session will explore the importance of information, particularly with regards to building resilient food systems. How does increased access to information allow food producers to improve their practices? As consumers, what information should we look for to increase our understanding of food systems? How can big business and industry use information for a better world? How can we act on the information we have in order to contribute to building a sustainable community?

Speakers
avatar for Meghan Dear

Meghan Dear

Founder, Localize
Meghan Dear is the founder of Localize (www.localizeyourfood.com), a business which is developing a unique set of consumer information tools that improve the transparency of where food products have come from, and how they have been produced. Founded 4 and a half years ago, the service now works with hundreds of grocers and food businesses ac... Read More →
avatar for Spencer Fowlie

Spencer Fowlie

Producer Relations Manager, Localize
Originally from northern Saskatchewan, Spencer has worked as a farmer, environmental educator, project manager and agribusiness researcher in Canada and abroad. He was a Junior Fellow in the Upper West Region of Ghana working on farmer innovation in 2009. Spencer has a passion for... Read More →



Sunday January 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Albion B (Second Floor)

2:00pm

Role Models: How Everyday People Make or Break Movements
We will explore the importance of role models in sustaining current power structures and more importantly changing those structures. The session will specifically focus on engineering education, prevalent stereotypes, and role models within. It will also look at how role models can be used to help the profession actively evolve, become more cohesive, and make meaningful contributions to society.

Speakers
avatar for Annette Bergeron

Annette Bergeron

Board Director, Electrical Safety Authority
Specializing in executive leadership and governance of Not-For-Profit corporations with experience in both the private and public sector. Recognized in 2014 and 2013 as Top 25 Women of Influence across Canada. Experience in external stakeholder and government relations with capacity... Read More →
avatar for Erin Flanagan

Erin Flanagan

Program Director, Federal Policy, Pembina Institute
Erin Flanagan is the director of the Pembina Institute's federal policy program. She researches and advocates for policies that reduce the environmental impacts of fossil fuel and related infrastructure projects, and that support Canada's transition to clean energy. As a technical... Read More →
avatar for Philippa Gosine

Philippa Gosine

Philippa Gosine is passionate about engineers' potential to create meaningful, sustainable change in society. Philippa is currently pursuing a Masters in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. Studying biomechanics and balance recovery reactions at Toronto Rehabilitation... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Lam

Jessica Lam

Project Coordinator, The City of Calgary
Jessica Lam is currently an Project Coordinator for the Transportation Department of the City of Calgary. She is passionate about sustainable and equitable urban development and  figuring out how to maximize the engineering industry's contribution to society. Her work with the... Read More →


Sunday January 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Webster B (Third Floor)

2:00pm

The Power of Local Procurement
Delegates are invited to come experience the dynamics of the mining industry in this interactive workshop. You will walk away with an understanding of who the key stakeholders are in a major mining project, and what they can leverage to meet their objectives. Based on a real-world case study, set in a developing country, participants will negotiate on behalf a stakeholder group and attempt to manage many opposing constraints to the benefit of all parties. Your goal is to consider the proposed mining development and to unleash the power of local procurement to the benefit of the mining company as well as the local communities affected. A group discussion of the role of the mining industry on development and lessons learned in the case study will follow.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Campbell

Michael Campbell

Hatch
Michael is actively involved in the mining industry, having worked at active mines in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Canada as well as participated in projects based in other developing countries around the world.  He will bring his background from the real world of the mining... Read More →


Sunday January 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Webster C (Third Floor)

2:00pm

When It Rains: Engineering Leadership in Climate Change (A Climate Change Case Study)
Following COP 21, climate change will become a more noticeable discussion on the global radar. Part of the Paris Agreement (to be ratified as of Dec 14, 2015) involves support from developed countries to developing countries to tackle the problems of climate change. But what might this look like on a local scale as a consultant? Dillon Consulting will present a climate change case study showcasing some of our work on climate change and facilitate a discussion on how we as engineers can show leadership through our work. Attendees will take part in an interactive stakeholder engagement session with the intent of exploring the role and responsibility of engineers in both technical and social contexts.

Speakers
avatar for Yena Ahadzie

Yena Ahadzie

Dillon Consulting
Yena is a Water Resources Engineer-In-Training at Dillon Consulting Limited and the current president of the EWB Toronto Professional Chapter. She is and has always been passionate about the role engineers can play in international development especially with their unique skill sets... Read More →


Sunday January 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Hamilton Convention Center, Webster A (Third Floor)

2:00pm

EWB Policy and Advocacy Strategy
We invite you to join us in shaping EWB's 2016-18 Policy and Advocacy strategy. In service of its organizational mission, EWB leads policy and advocacy work that aims to promote national and international policy environments that accelerate global development and foster active citizenship. You are invited to learn more about our three-year strategy, and to share your ideas and experiences to enable EWB to improve advocacy programming.

Speakers
avatar for Sasha Caldera

Sasha Caldera

Constituency Mobilization Coordinator, EWB Canada
Sasha Caldera is the Constituency Mobilization Coordinator with Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB). In 2009, Sasha co-founded Fair Trade Vancouver, and in 2011, he led a research team as part of the Canadian Earth Summit Coalition in reforming Canada’s Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS). That following year, he attended the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Brazil in hopes of expan... Read More →


Sunday January 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Sheraton Hotel, Ballroom South

2:00pm

Idle No More: Sustaining Solidarity
Idle No More is a global movement focused on Indigenous self-determination and environmental protections. This workshop will provide a context for Indigenous resistance in Canada, and share some insights into the growing Idle No More movement. We will discuss some of the current Idle No More campaigns, and how Engineers Without Borders can enact justice through solidarity with Idle No More organizers.  

Speakers
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Sheelah McLean

from Idle No More


Sunday January 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Albion A (Second Floor)

2:00pm

Wapikoni mobile film screening & discussion: Reconciliation, Identity, & Conflict within a Canadian Context
This screening & discussion will feature three short films from filmmakers at Wapikoni Mobile. Wapikoni mobile travels to First Nations communities primarily in Quebec to assist individuals in directing and producing short films and music videos. The film screening & discussion are a part of a project called my reconciliation, which has been organized by a team of Studio [Y] Fellows at the MaRS Discovery District, with the guidance of the 4Rs Youth Movement. Attendees to this session will be invited to consider their own context and social location within the the context of Canada and will also be introduced to creative methods of activism/movement-building by playing a card game developed by the my reconciliation team. 

Artists
avatar for Marsha Louise McLeod

Marsha Louise McLeod

Studio [Y] Fellow, MaRS Discovery District
Marsha McLeod (b. 1993, Toronto) is a multimedia artist, writer, and anti-violence activist utilizing a dialogue-based practice to study disconnects between Canadian national myths of peace/inclusion and the violences that are perpetuated on this land. Marsha graduated from the... Read More →
avatar for Melisse Watson

Melisse Watson

Artist & Founder, the RAWHIDE project
Melisse Watson, artist name; we are knot rivals, is a poly racial, Black and Cherokee identified queer artist driven by the capacity for art to provoke and contribute to social justice, community building and healing within systematically oppressed populations. Melisse is a multi... Read More →


Sunday January 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Sheraton Hotel, Beckett (Basement)

2:00pm

Privilege Lens
In this workshop, delegates will experience the Privilege Lens, and the immense difference it makes in our lives. Delegates will leave the session with a heightened awareness and understanding of the barriers that can hinder certain groups, as well as the uncover their own perceptions, biases, and privilege. 

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Ku

Jeffrey Ku

Jeff comes from Edmonton, AB and works as a Land Development Engineer. He has been EWB member for 5 years, and has worked in various National and Canada-based roles. He is interested in leadership building, community engagement, mental health, and sustainable development, both professionally... Read More →


Sunday January 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Room 207

2:00pm

The Power of Your Mind: Overcome Obstacles by Tapping into Creativity
Humans have four typical responses to any new challenge: Fight, Flee, Freeze or Innovate. Innovation is what drives change. In this workshop you will learn the difference between incremental innovation and revolutionary innovation. But most importantly, you will see that any type of innovation requires the ability to think creatively, and that creative thinking is an ability that we all have. Through practice and the use of proven methodologies you can enhance your creative problem solving skills and tap into the power of your creativity every time you run into an obstacle or a new challenge.

Speakers
avatar for Ginny Santos

Ginny Santos

MSc in Creativity and Innovation, NeOle Consulting
Ginny Santos uses her expertise in creativity and innovation to facilitate productive collaborations, design online and in-person trainings and to coach individuals who need to apply creative problem solving to complex challenges. She has over 15 years of experience working with... Read More →


Sunday January 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, 202

2:00pm

Zero to Action: Mastermind and Advanced Communication
This session is for people who already have a rudimentary project idea that’s ready for feedback. In just 15 minutes of masterminding, you’ll have pages of notes filled with new ideas, questions to consider, and critical insights to guide your next steps. You’ll also have the chance to contribute to others’ ideas and share in their excitement. Finally, we’ll discuss a framework for effective pitches and then practice some advanced communication techniques so you can effectively share your idea with others and get what you need.

Speakers
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Joel Hilchey

McMaster University
Joel Hilchey teaches sustainability at McMaster University, and he speaks at events across North America about leadership, success, and what holds people back.  He also happens to be an EWB Donor and Alumnus.  You’ll probably remember him as the speaker who plays with mousetraps... Read More →
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Brandon Love

Brandon Love is a professional magician, author, and speaker. He is also a self-professed student of wonder:An avid traveller, reader, and unique-experience seeker. Brandon’s presentations aim to help others unlock their hidden potential, and tap into their creative selves. When... Read More →


Sunday January 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Albion C (Second Floor)

3:30pm

3:50pm

4:30pm

Chapter Time
Sunday January 17, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
TBA

8:00pm

Gala
The closing Gala wraps up our weekend with remarks from the conference chairs, EWB’s CEO Boris Martin, and a celebration of the amazing achievements of the EWB community in 2015. The semi-formal Gala is a chance to relax with the delegation and hit the dance floor! Cultural clothing is encouraged and light refreshments will be served.

Sunday January 17, 2016 8:00pm - 11:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Chedoke Ballroom